Instituting a Music Listening Intervention for Critically Ill Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation: Exemplars From Two Patient Cases

Annie Heiderscheit, Linda Chlan, Kim Donley

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Abstract

Music is an ideal intervention to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support. This article reviews the basis for a music listening intervention and describes 2 case examples with patients utilizing a music listening intervention to illustrate the implementation and use of the music listening protocol in this dynamic environment. The case examples illustrate the importance and necessity of engaging a music therapist not only in assessing the music preferences of patients, but also for implementing a music listening protocol to manage the varied and challenging needs of patients in the critical care setting. Additionally, the case examples presented in this article demonstrate the wide array of music patients prefer and how the ease of a music listening protocol allows mechanically ventilated patients to engage in managing their own anxiety during this distressful experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalMusic & Medicine
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • mechanical ventilation
  • music intervention
  • music therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Music

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