Title

Does Music Ease Pain and Anxiety in the Critically Ill?

Journal

American Journal of Critical Care

Year

2013

Volume

22

Issue

6

First Page

528

Last Page

32

Abstract

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

Indexed Terms

Anxiety Disorders; Critical Illness; Databases, Bibliographic; Evidence-Based Practice; Pain Management

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

Disciplines

Nursing

PubMed ID

24186825

Document Type

Article

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