A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Music Therapy in a Home Hospice

Rafael Romo, MSN, RN; Lisa Gifford, MSN, RN


Nurs Econ. 2007;25(6):353-358. 

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This small study adds to the growing body of evidence that music therapy has a positive impact on patient outcomes. Further, it has demonstrated that music therapy may have a positive financial consequence for hospice agencies. The existing literature explores many areas of great interest to hospice. Improved quality indicators, improved patient outcomes, and improved working conditions are all suggested in the research cited. The implication for financial savings has been identified, which this study supports. Most of the literature that has been written regarding the use of MT in health care examined one-time, short-term use of MT as procedural support. There is little research that examines the use of MT as a long-term therapy with patients who have chronic or terminal conditions. Further research on the use of MT in long-term care, such as hospice, and its potential for cost savings should be undertaken.


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