Community Drumming in Cancer Project
The goal of the project is to document the effects of improvised community drumming on the mood, cognition, and healing of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Recent brain activity research in the area of improvised music-making and movement indicate that drum circles may be an activity that can simultaneously benefit both the mind and body as part of the healing process.
Research is underway at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center using group drumming with stem cell transplant patients to study its effect on, anxiety, distress, sleep, pain, energy, mood, relaxation, patient self-efficacy, and patient satisfaction. A study sample of 35 patients will be used to determine the feasibility of conducting more detailed research through this pilot project. Vital sign and biomarker data will be collected from patients who are continuously monitored at the nurse's station with the ViSi system. - November 2017
John R. Beck wins 2018 League of American Orchestras Ford Award for Excellence in Community Service Award