Music therapy interventions for eating disorders: Lack of robust evidence and recommendations for future research



Coutinho, Eduardo ORCID: 0000-0001-5234-1497, Van Criekinge, Tamaya, Hanford, Greg, Nathan, Rajan, Maden, Michelle ORCID: 0000-0003-4419-6343 and Hill, Ruaraidh ORCID: 0000-0002-2801-0505
(2022) Music therapy interventions for eating disorders: Lack of robust evidence and recommendations for future research. BRITISH JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY, 36 (2). pp. 84-93.

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Abstract

<jats:p> Music therapy (MT) has been used to support people with a variety of eating disorders (EDs), but it is unclear whether there is sufficient and robust evidence from controlled experimental studies. In this article, we report the results of a systematic review that summarises the evidence from published controlled studies where MT has been used to treat people diagnosed with any type of ED. Our results demonstrate that robust evidence concerning the effectiveness of MT for the treatment of EDs is severely lacking. Nonetheless, the evidence described in this paper warrants further investigation especially given that new treatment strategies for EDs are urgently needed. To this end, we offer a set of recommendations for future high-quality experimental studies that can inform the development of effective MT interventions and support for people with EDs. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: controlled experimental studies, eating disorders, music therapy, systematic review
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 13:52
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:00
DOI: 10.1177/13594575221110193
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3155956