Impact of Music Therapy Interventions (Listening, Composition, Orff-based) on the Physiological and Psychosocial Behaviors of Hospitalized Children: A Feasibility Study


Journal of Pediatric Nursing




The purpose of this study was to compare three music therapy strategies (music listening, music composition, and Orff-based active engagement) on physiological (heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and pain) and psychosocial (anxiety) behaviors of hospitalized children (N=32, 17 females,15 males, ranging in age from 6 to 17). This study was designed and facilitated cooperatively by pediatric nurses and music therapists. Results indicated no clinically significant changes in heart rate, blood pressure, or oxygen saturation (p>.05). Pain and anxiety both decreased significantly (p=.01) but not differentiated among conditions. Videotape analysis determined level of engagement in coping-related behaviors.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Anxiety; Anxiety Scales; Blood Pressure; Children; Composition; Coping; Heart Rate; Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Music Listening; Music Therapy; Oxygen Saturation; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Receptive Music Methods; Recorded Music Listening; Recreative Music Methods; Self-Report Measures; Vital signs

Indexed Terms

Adaptation, Psychological; Adolescents; Anxiety; Children; Child, Hospitalized; Feasibility Studies; Pain

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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