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Music therapy improves symptoms in adults hospitalised with schizophrenia

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Q Does music therapy improve symptoms in people hospitalised with schizophrenia?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Single blind (assessors blinded).

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Three months (treatment period only).

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Four London hospitals, UK; time period not stated.

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Eighty one adult inpatients (⩾18 years old) with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like psychosis. Exclusions: secondary diagnoses of dementia or organic psychosis.

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Music therapy (access to a range of musical instruments and encouragement to express themselves accompanied by a trained music therapist during weekly individual sessions of up to 45 min) plus standard care (access to occupational, social and other activities and nursing care) versus standard care alone for up to …

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  • For correspondence: Dr Mike Crawford, Department of Psychological Medicine, Claybrook Centre, St Dunstan’s Road, London W6 8RP, UK; m.crawford{at}

  • Sources of funding: Priory training grant.

    Source of funding: Priory training grant.


  • Competing interests: None declared.

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