Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
First Committee Member
Carolyn E. Sabo
Number of Pages
This investigation studied both the patient's physiological and emotional responses to taped music programs in Intensive Care Units. The experimental group (n = 26) selected and listened to taped music through earphones, and the control group (n = 25) wore earphones connected to recorders without music. Physiological parameters of heart rate, blood pressure, and mean arterial pressure were recorded before and after a 30 minute experimental period, as well as the patients' emotional responses. The tests used for testing the difference between physiological parameters taken pre-treatment and those taken post-treatment revealed no significant difference between the experimental group and the control group. There was a positive change in the emotional state of the music group except for the nervousness/worry category. This study provided information on the use of music as intervention aimed at reducing the patient's stress reaction, and thereby potentially helping nurses to improve the quality of patient care. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).
Care; Effect; Intensive; Music; Patients; Therapy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Johnson, Nita L, "The effect of music therapy on intensive care patients" (1991). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 172.