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Music, Health, and Wellbeing$
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Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001

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Epidemiological Studies of the Relationship Between Musical Experiences and Public Health

Epidemiological Studies of the Relationship Between Musical Experiences and Public Health

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Chapter 28 Epidemiological Studies of the Relationship Between Musical Experiences and Public Health
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Music, Health, and Wellbeing
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Töres Theorell

Gunter Kreutz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0028

Public health epidemiology aims at scientific descriptions of relationships between life conditions and public health in different groups of people. Such approaches suggest relationships between a given life condition and a specific public health problem. Thus, it can point at life conditions that may be of crucial importance to health. Epidemiology traditionally focuses on risk factors of illness. However, recent approaches also provide opportunities to the identification of life conditions that may protect against ill health by enhancing immune functions and even actively promoting health. Can musical activities and experiences, for example, promote health? This chapter reviews recent trends in public health epidemiology, focusing on the effects of music on health. Health outcome is defined mainly in a medical context. Psychophysiological studies are considered which indicate positive and negative health-related processes.

Keywords:   public health epidemiology, musical activities, health outcomes, psychophysiological studies

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