QrWvg_6VM6pVmL5BugGhcc-zjsIsNTsrIiB6EBRs0mX1J4rUMYoJR-DIbGAMWknoDhg5xW5SV-Q5B6imYT5auQuK2YAFhVocAZ19u8qGn2ZsX_vB6cRlBsAaSUyPaPkaYli_RDhiT5cu2mjTCUWT-AfACl3I1U_kjS2ZjdE=s0-d-e1-ftIn this month’s section of Music Therapy In the News, we will be taking a look at the presence of music therapy in the medical setting. When a music therapy session is observed by a bystander at a hospital, the observer may witness any of the following scenarios: A child recovering from Leukemia smiling and playing a drum to their favorite song; A bedridden patient in chronic pain relax into sleep while listening to the music therapist sing; A premature infant looking up at the music therapist as they sing her name within a song. At first glance, each of these scenarios may appear to simply be a thoughtful service to the patients at the hospital. However, when you take a closer look, the evidence-based practice of music therapy is actually addressing a variety of clinical goals all while creating an enjoyable, therapeutic healing environment. In our featured article, “Music is an Established Form of Therapy”, the music therapist at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida discusses the therapeutic benefits of music therapy in the hospital setting and highlights some of the primary goal areas addressed within her sessions. According to the article, the following goal areas are frequently addressed by the music therapist at Golisano Children’s Hospital:

  • Reduced fear experienced by children wakening while mechanically ventilated
  • Decrease perceived pain and less observed distress behaviors during needle insertion for IV placement and heel sticks
  • Increased coping for pediatric cancer patients
  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Reduction in length of days hospitalized
  • Reduction or elimination of sedation for pediatric patients undergoing non-invasive procedures such as CT scan, MRI, and echocardiogram
  • Improve cognitive skills
What makes music therapy such a unique form of treatment is that it can be adapted within the moment to meet the needs of any client regardless of the setting. When music therapy is present within the hospital setting, it not only serves to lift the spirits of the patients receiving care there, but also to address goals similar to the ones listed above. Although music itself cannot cure an illness, the use of music therapy has been proven to decrease stress and the perception of pain during and after medical procedures. It can serve as a mask to hide the “beeps” and other unpleasant sounds heard within a hospital to create a more comfortable healing environment. It can even be used to increase physical rehabilitation by playing instruments that promote coordination and motor functioning. To learn more about the use of music therapy in the medical setting, click on the link below to be directed to the full article of “Music is an Established Form of Therapy”.



*All information obtained from the article Music is an Established Form of Therapy