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Expert Rev Neurother. 2016 Nov;16(11):1241-1249. Epub 2016 Aug 29.

The effects of music listening interventions on cognition and mood post-stroke: a systematic review.

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a Mental Health and Wellbeing, Institute of Health and Wellbeing , University of Glasgow , Glasgow , UK.
b Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation , University of Glasgow , Glasgow , UK.
c Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences , University of East Anglia , Norwich , UK.
d Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences , University of Glasgow , Glasgow , UK.


Music listening may have beneficial psychological effects but there has been no comprehensive synthesis of the available data describing efficacy of music listening in stroke. Areas covered: We performed a systematic review examining the effects of music listening interventions on cognition and mood post-stroke. We found five published trials (n = 169 participants) and four ongoing trials. All studies demonstrated benefits of music listening on at least one measure of cognition or mood. Heterogeneity precluded meta-analysis and all included studies had potential risk of bias. Common reporting or methodological issues including lack of blinding, lack of detail on the intervention and safety reporting. Expert commentary: It is too early to recommend music listening as routine treatment post-stroke, available studies have been under-powered and at risk of bias. Accepting these caveats, music listening may have beneficial effects on both mood and cognition and we await the results of ongoing controlled studies.


Attention; cognitive impairment; depression; memory; mood; music; rehabilitation; stroke; systematic review

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