Barry Bittman, MD, is a neurologist, author, international speaker, award-wining producer/director and inventor. As CEO and Medical Director of the Mind-Body Wellness Center, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary outpatient medical facility in Meadville, Pa. Dr. Bittman has pioneered a new paradigm for treating the ‘whole person.
Published Research Summary
Numerous research studies have been published in peer reviewed journals which demonstrate the health & wellness benefits of research-based Clavinova Connection and HealthRHYTHMS, Recreational Music Making (RMM) protocols.
Impact On Immune System
Strengthens the Immune System (2001)
A healthy immune system is the key component to preventing infectious diseases. We are all exposed to millions of germs every day, so our reliance on our own immune system to fight off most potential infections is indisputable.
Employee Burnout & Turnover Reduction
Improves Mood States and Reduces Burnout (2003)
Working in the long-term care environment can be very stressful. Lower employee stress and turnover rates translate into better care for residents and cost savings for employers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates there is an annual turnover rate of between 70 to 100 percent in nursing homes (Wilner 1999).
Reducing Student Drop-Out Rate
Retains Students: Mood Improvement & Burnout Reduction (2004)
In July 2007, a report released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute found that though the average nurse turnover rate in hospitals was 8.4%, the average voluntary turnover for first-year nurses was 27.1%. (GIH, 2008) Drop-out rates for nursing schools are rising further compounding this problem.
Reverses Stress on the Genomic Level (2005)
This groundbreaking study published in the February 2005 issue of the international research journal Medical Science Monitor shows for the first time that playing a musical instrument can reverse multiple components of the human stress response on the genomic level.
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Corporate Employee Wellness Benefits
Strengthens the Immune System of Corporate Employees (2007)
Growing evidence linking job stress to illness emphasizes the importance of finding an effective means of stress management. This study of Corporate Employees in Japan was conducted to assess whether or not this wellness strategy demonstrated a positive effect on stress biology in the corporate environment.
Creativity & Bonding In Seniors
Recreational Music-Making Inspires Creativity & Bonding in Long-Term Care Residents
This study demonstrates the efficacy of recreational music-making as a means of inspiring creativity and helping long term care residents bond. Residents reported that RMM activities produced far more favorable effects, when compared with antidepressants or mood-stabilizing drugs.