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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Nov;19(4):188-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.07.003. Epub 2013 Sep 5.

The effects of live therapeutic music on patient's affect and perceptions of care: a randomized field study.

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University of South Florida, College of Nursing, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC Box 22, Tampa, FL 33612, USA. Electronic address: mmogos@health.usf.edu.

Abstract

AIM:

This article examines the effects of live therapeutic music (LTM) on patients in a hospital setting. LTM was hypothesized to directly increase patients' positive affect and to indirectly influence their perceptions of the care they received.

METHOD:

One hundred patients participated in a two group (fifty per group), quasi-experimental design in which they completed a very brief questionnaire assessing their affect and perceptions of care. Half of the participants were exposed to LTM at the bedside. The other half served as a comparison group. A structural equation model was used to test the hypothesized effects of LTM.

RESULTS:

The model explained 63% of the variance in patient's affect and 10% of the variance in perceptions of care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients respond to LTM with increased positive affect and by assigning higher ratings to the care they receive. LTM could be used as a viable means to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

KEYWORDS:

Live therapeutic music; Perceptions of care; Positive affect

PMID:
24199971
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.07.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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