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Reported May 23, 2013

Music Lowers Anxiety in ICU Patients on Ventilators

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new study out of The Ohio State University has found that among ICU patients receiving acute ventilator support for respiratory failure, use of patient-preferred music resulted in greater reduction in sedation frequency, anxiety, and intensity when compared to usual care. 

Linda L. Chlan, PhD, RN, and colleagues evaluated 373 patients from 12 ICUs at 5 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area between September 2006 and March 2011.  Patients were randomized to usual care; self-initiated PDM with preferred music tailored by a music therapist; or self-initiated use of noise-canceling headphones (NCH).  The PDM patients listened to music for about 80 minutes per day.  The NCH group wore the unit for about 34 minutes per day.  The PDM group was shown to have an anxiety score 19.5 points lower than patients in the usual care group. 

For more information, go to: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ICUmusic.htm

SOURCE:  JAMA, May 2013

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