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Lake Hospital System Receives $60,000 Grant for Groundbreaking Music Therapy Study
Date:3/11/2009

Participants Sought For Landmark Study To Measure Effects Of Music On Diabetes Outcomes

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Lake Hospital System today announced that it has received a $60,000 grant from the Kulas Foundation to support a groundbreaking study that will measure the effects of music therapy on health-related outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Lake Hospital System is seeking 200-300 participants for the three-year music therapy study, the first of its kind conducted with patients who have diabetes. Scheduled to begin in April 2009, the study is designed to compare the effects of diabetes self-management training; music-assisted relaxation and imagery administered via compact disc recording; and music therapy facilitated by a board-certified music therapist. Participants will be regularly monitored throughout the study by health professionals who specialize in diabetes. Outcomes to be studied include blood pressure, hemoglobin A1c (blood sugar), body mass index, anxiety and stress.

According to 2007 data from the Centers for Disease Control, 23.6 million people in the United States -- 7.8 percent of the population -- have diabetes. While music therapy studies have been conducted on a wide range of medical conditions -- from Alzheimer's disease to coronary heart disease and cancer -- little is known about the effect of music therapy on the health of patients with diabetes.

"Given the epidemic incidence of diabetes, it's a high priority to investigate integrative approaches to treatment that offer added benefit to patients engaged in diabetes self-management training," said Susan E. Mandel, Ph.D., MT-BC, a board-certified music therapist who will serve as the study's primary investigator. "Based on our prior music therapy research at Lake Hospital System, we're hopeful that the study will demonstrate the potential for music therapy to enhance the overall
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