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Behavioral Intervention

Music Therapy for Mental Illness

Led By Zachary D Fischer, PhD, MT-BC
Research Sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up post mtar intervention (day 8-10)
Awards & highlights

Study Summary

This trial uses music therapy to help people with mental illness reduce their feelings of stigma.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for patients at HMHCC ACU who can understand the ISMI questionnaire and consent to participate. They should have a severe, long-term mental illness that affects their social functioning. Those with acute symptoms, hearing loss, intellectual disabilities or organic brain disease cannot join.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study tests Group Music Therapy Advocacy Recording Intervention (MTAR) on individuals with mental illnesses like anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression to address internalized stigma.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this is a music therapy intervention rather than a drug treatment, traditional side effects are not expected. However, participants may experience emotional discomfort or distress during the process.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~post mtar intervention (day 8-10)
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and post mtar intervention (day 8-10) for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Change in the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Inventory (ISMI) score between pre and post MTAR
Secondary outcome measures
Change in the ISMI score based on diagnostic category

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Treatment GroupExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
The intervention consists of a sequence of five music therapy song-writing and recording groups, one per day. Internalized stigma will be assessed within 3 days of admission (pretest/baseline), at ten days (posttest), and at 3 weeks from baseline (follow-up), using the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Inventory.
Group II: Control GroupActive Control1 Intervention
Access to standard of care services that include several groups per day focused on topics of coping skills, mindfulness, journaling, creative arts, wellness recovery, recreation, and at least one music therapy group.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

American Music Therapy AssociationUNKNOWN
3 Previous Clinical Trials
77 Total Patients Enrolled
Hackensack Meridian HealthLead Sponsor
131 Previous Clinical Trials
28,144 Total Patients Enrolled
Zachary D Fischer, PhD, MT-BCPrincipal InvestigatorHackensack Meridian Health

Media Library

Group Music Therapy Advocacy Recording Intervention (MTAR) (Behavioral Intervention) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05723328 — N/A
Bipolar Disorder Research Study Groups: Treatment Group, Control Group
Bipolar Disorder Clinical Trial 2023: Group Music Therapy Advocacy Recording Intervention (MTAR) Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05723328 — N/A
Group Music Therapy Advocacy Recording Intervention (MTAR) (Behavioral Intervention) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05723328 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Does the criteria for this research study preclude those younger than 50 years old?

"Prospective participants for this trial must be of legal age and below 65 years old."

Answered by AI

Is enrollment currently available for this trial?

"Indications from the clinicaltrials.gov site suggest that this research programme is not presently enrolling patients, having first been posted on March 15th 2023 and last updated February 1st of the same year. However, at present 1768 other medical trials are open to accepting participants."

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Is it possible to partake in this investigation?

"This clinical trial seeks 100 individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A series of qualifications must be met in order to participate, including admission into HMHCC ACU, literacy of ISMI questionnaire material, consenting to the terms outlined by informed consent documents, as well as a diagnosis for severe mental illness impacting daily functionality or social life."

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Who else is applying?

What state do they live in?
What portion of applicants met pre-screening criteria?
Met criteria
What site did they apply to?
Carrier Clinic

Why did patients apply to this trial?

I need extra money.
PatientReceived 2+ prior treatments
~52 spots leftby Apr 2025