Earlier studies have demonstrated that music interventions can lessen symptoms of depression. Depression and burnout are closely related. We hypothesized that specially designed receptive music therapy programs and protocols might reduce the symptoms of burnout. In a four-arm randomized, placebo- and waiting-list-controlled double-blind study, including 150 participants, two specific music programs significantly reduced burnout symptoms after 5 weeks. The effects were maintained over a long time period. This newly developed method of receptive music therapy was also evaluated for the treatment of depression and dysthymia, with significant outcomes.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Jul;1169:422-5. Brandes V, Terris DD, Fischer C, Schuessler MN, Ottowitz G, Titscher G, Fischer JE, Thayer JF. Research Program MusicMedicine, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria. firstname.lastname@example.org