The effect of therapeutic use of music on quality of life in fibromyalgia patients

Çagla Özdemir, Cenk Aypak, İbrahim Özdemir, Derya İren Akbiyik, Suleyman Gorpelioglu


This study’s aim was to determine the effect of music therapy on symptoms and functions in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Women diagnosed with FMS for at least 6 months included in the study. 16 patients were in the music treatment group and 51 patients were in the control group. Patients in music treatment group were given a music CD which includes nature sounds recommended by the Turkish Psychological Association. The patients were evaluated with Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) before and after the treatment. The FIQ-function (p<0.001), FIQ-overall impact (p=0.001) and FIQ-symptoms (p<0.001) subscales improved after music treatment. All FIQ scores were similar in controls before and after treatment. FIQ total score (p=0.001), symptoms score (p=0.006), overall impact score (p=0.008) and function score (p=0.010) were lower in the music group after treatment. In conclusion, this study supports a potential benefit of music in the treatment of FMS and FMS-associated symptoms.


Fibromyalgia, Music therapy, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire

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