Daily music listening to reduce work-related stress: A randomized controlled pilot trial

Alfredo Raglio, D. Bellandi, M. Gianotti, E. Zanacchi, M. Gnesi, M. C. Monti, C. Montomoli, F. Vico, C. Imbriani, I. Giorgi, M. Imbriani

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Background: Literature shows that music can reduce stress conditions. This pilot study investigated the effects of music listening on work-related stress and well-being in healthcare professionals. Method: A total of 45 subjects were randomly assigned to three treatment groups: No Music, Individualized Music and Melomics-Health Listening. Music groups experienced a daily 30-min-playlist listening for 3 weeks at home. The Maugeri Stress Index-Revised (MASI-R) and the Psychological General Well-Being Index (PGWBI) were administered at baseline, after 3 weeks and after 7 weeks (follow-up). Longitudinal data were analyzed by means of a nested ANOVA model, testing the main effects of time and treatment and the interaction between them. Results: MASI-R scores showed a positive trend in music groups and a worsening in the control group. Only the interaction time/treatment emerged as supporting a trend toward statistical significance (P = 0.07). PGWBI showed a stability in music groups and a clear decline in controls, without significant effects. Conclusions: Results from the study support the need for a larger clinical trial: it is suggested that daily music listening could be implemented to reduce work-related stress and that the effects may be related, not only to individual musical preferences and familiarity, but also to specific music structures and parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E82-E88
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020


  • melomics-health music
  • music listening
  • occupational medicine
  • well-being
  • work-related stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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