Patient Preferred Music Therapy Reduced Pain in Real World Settings Would you give some examples of the types of music used?

Response: Patient preferred music was primarily used through out the majority of sessions held in the community hospital setting. Though often including popular music selections, further research is warranted to discover the impact of intervention specific clinical benefits. What are the main findings?

Response: Hospitalized inpatients experiencing self rated pain outcomes of 4/10 or greater reported a 2.04 unit reduction in pain. Further more, patient’s went on to report reductions in stress (3.48 units), and anxiety (2.80 units). All results were clinically significant and collected after a single music therapy session. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Music therapy is an effective and evidence based treatment for reducing stress, pain and anxiety in the community hospital medical setting. Additionally, real-world deployment of music therapy services across a large scale medical system is both a clinically relevant and viable solution for offering evidence-based non-pharmacological treatment of stress, pain and anxiety for hospitalized inpatients. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Further research is needed to understand variations in intervention’s impact on clinical outcomes in order to optimize music therapy treatment protocols. Is there anything else you would like to add? Any disclosures?

Response: We would like to thank our patients, music therapists, clinical partners  and administrative stakeholders for their support and integration of this treatment modality into standards of care. Further more, this study was made possible by the Kulas Foundation, for which we are profoundly grateful to have been supported by to do this crucially important research as we continue to investigate the role of arts in healing. 


Rodgers-Melnick, Samuel N.a,b,*; Rivard, Rachael L.a,c; Block, Senecaa,b; Dusek, Jeffery A.a,b. Effectiveness of music therapy within community hospitals: an EMMPIRE retrospective study. PAIN Reports 8(3):p e1074, May/June 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000001074

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