Does Music Ease Pain and Anxiety in the Critically Ill?
American Journal of Critical Care
This review article examined the following question: How effective are music interventions in reducing pain and anxiety in critically ill patients? The authors searched several databases to acquire studies. The results showed that music listening was effective in reducing pain scores in some cardiac surgery patients who had moderate levels of pain. State anxiety was consistently reduced across studies. However, the benefits of anxiety reduction on salient patient outcomes such as weaning trials, time to extubation, and cost need to be determined.
Music and Health Institute Terms
Anxiety; Critically Ill; Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Pain Management and Control; Pain; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures
Anxiety Disorders; Critical Illness; Databases, Bibliographic; Evidence-Based Practice; Pain Management
Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers
Chlan, L., & Halm, M. A. (2013). Does Music Ease Pain and Anxiety in the Critically Ill?. American Journal of Critical Care, 22 (6), 528-32. Retrieved from https://remix.berklee.edu/mhi-music-mental-health/172