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

health and well-being of patients with diabetes."

Diabetes is unique among chronic health conditions because, to a large extent, treatment depends upon self-management. Many patients participate in diabetes self-management training, which provides them with an overall education about diabetes, including how to monitor blood glucose levels as well as knowledge about diet, exercise and insulin.

"We've known for many years that patients who effectively learn to control blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids have decreased occurrence of serious complications, including cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, blindness and lower limb amputations," explained Martin L. Mandel, M.D., F.A.C.E., a Lake Hospital System endocrinologist who is serving as the study's medical advisor. "It will be very interesting to see how augmenting diabetes self-management education with music therapy affects physiological outcomes, such as blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and psychological outcomes, such as anxiety and stress."

Clinical research demonstrates that music can improve respiration, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, relax muscle tension, decrease pain by increasing levels of endorphins, increase immunologic function and reduce stress and anxiety. Music also has the power to calm or excite, depending on personal preference and the type of music.

Lake Hospital System has used music to enhance healing since establishing a music therapy program 18 years ago as part of the hospital system's outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. With the opening of TriPoint Medical Center this fall, Lake Hospital System will further expand evidenced-based healing programs, like music therapy, system wide.

"Music therapy is a valuable component of the care we provide our patients," said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, president and CEO of Lake Hospital System. "We recognize the important connection between
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