Title

The Effects of Music Therapy on Pain in Patients With Neuropathic Pain

Journal

Pain Management Nursing

Year

2013

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of relaxing music on pain intensity in patients with neuropathic pain. A quasi-experimental study, repeated measures design was used. Thirty patients, aged 18-70 years, with neuropathic pain and hospitalized in an Algology clinic were identified as a convenience sample. Participants received 60 minutes of music therapy. Classical Turkish music was played to patients using a media player (MP3) and headphones. Participants had pain scores taken immediately before the intervention and at the 30th and 60th minutes of the intervention. Data were collected over a 6-month period in 2012. The patients' mean pain intensity scores were reduced by music, and that decrease was progressive over the 30th and 60th minutes of the intervention, indicating a cumulative dose effect. The results of this study implied that the inclusion of music therapy in the routine care of patients with neuropathic pain could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing patients' pain intensity.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Elderly; Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Neurologic and Muscular Disorders; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Pain Severity; Pain; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures

Indexed Terms

Adolescents; Elderly; Holistic Nursing; Neuralgia; Pain Management; Relaxation Therapy

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

Disciplines

Nursing

PubMed ID

23375348

Document Type

Article

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