Music therapy offers some benefits for ICU patients

05/20/2013

Mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units who listened to their favorite types of music had lower anxiety and needed less sedation than with usual care, a study found. However, researchers said that listening to preferred music did not result in greater reduction in anxiety and sedation intensity compared with using noise-canceling headphones, although a benefit was seen in how often sedation was needed. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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