Heartbeats to Music


About this study

The purpose of this study is to identify families/close friends of Mayo Clinic patients currently hospitalized who may have interest in having the heartbeat of the affected patient recorded prior to their passing and provide this recording back to the family in an edited format. Determine if listening to these soundtracks provides a sense of comfort to family members via completion of a brief, anonymous survey they will receive at the time they receive the recording.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Currently living patients near end-of-life

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Kenneth Mishark, M.D.

Contact us for the latest status

Contact information:

Holly Geyer M.D.

(480) 342-2000


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