Live music therapy in waiting area of intensive care units: a novel concept for betterment of close relatives of ICU patients

Authors

  • Sundar Sumathy Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondy-Cuddalore Main Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry
  • Ramesh Bhuvaneswari Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondy-Cuddalore Main Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry
  • Varathan Kala Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondy-Cuddalore Main Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20160548

Keywords:

Music therapy, Intensive care units, Health facilities, Family nursing

Abstract

Family members of ICU patients experience high levels of stress and anxiety. We explored a novel concept of live music therapy for relatives of ICU patients. Weekly 1-hour sessions of live music therapy consisting of devotional songs and prayers were performed in waiting area of ICU in a tertiary care hospital. Responses of 100 first degree relatives of ICU patients were documented using an 8-item questionnaire. 69% of the subjects rated live music therapy sessions as “excellent”; 50% of the subjects reported that they felt “excellent” after a single session. Such sessions were reported as a felt need by 77% of the subjects; 92% of the subjects reported that there were high chances that they would recommend such sessions in the hospital in future. In our study, we found our concept to be feasible, acceptable and highly appreciated as well as encouraged by first degree relatives of ICU patients.

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Published

2016-12-27

How to Cite

Sumathy, S., Bhuvaneswari, R., & Kala, V. (2016). Live music therapy in waiting area of intensive care units: a novel concept for betterment of close relatives of ICU patients. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 4(3), 950–952. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20160548

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