Music therapy in critical care: indications and guidelines for intervention.

L. Chlan, M. F. Tracy

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Music therapy is an effective intervention for critically ill patients for such purposes as anxiety reduction and stress management. The therapy is readily accepted by patients and is an intervention patients thoroughly enjoy. The MAIT is one resource that nurses caring for critically ill patients can use to implement music therapy in clinical practice. Patients can be given the opportunity to select a musical tape they prefer and to negotiate with the nurse for uninterrupted music-listening periods. Allowing patients control over music selection and providing uninterrupted time for music listening gives the patients an enhanced sense of control in an environment that often controls them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalCritical care nurse
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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