Effects of Music on Physiological and Behavioral Indices of Acute Pain and Stress in Premature Infants: Clinical Trial and Literature Review
Music and Medicine
Infants in intensive care units often undergo medically necessary heel-stick procedures. Because the risks of administering analgesics and anesthetics are often thought to outweigh the benefits, there remain no proven means of ameliorating the pain and stress these infants suffer, particularly during procedures. This study examined the controlled use of recorded vocal music to attenuate physiological and behavioral responses to heel stick in 13 premature infants via an experimental design. In both instances, infants exposed to music and infants in the control group, heart rate, and respiration rate increased during the heel-stick procedure (P’s = .02) and nearly all infants cried. During a 10-minute recovery following the heel stick, heart rate, and crying significantly decreased in infants exposed to music (P = .02) but not in unexposed infants. Controlled music stimulation appears to be a safe and effective way to ameliorate pain and stress in premature infants following heel sticks. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Music and Health Institute Terms
Heart Rate; Hospital Setting; Infants; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Neonatal Procedures; Newborn Infants; Pain Management and Control; Pain; Premature Infants; Procedural Pain; Recorded Music Listening; Respiratory Rate; Stress; Suffering; Vital signs
acute pain; stress; premature infants; clinical trials; heel-stick procedure; Pain; Physiology
Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods
Tramo, Mark Jude; Lense, Miriam; Van Ness, Caitlin; Kagan, Jerome; Doyle Settle, Margaret; and Cronin, Jonathan H., "Effects of Music on Physiological and Behavioral Indices of Acute Pain and Stress in Premature Infants: Clinical Trial and Literature Review" (2011). Research on Music and Pain. 130.