Music therapy is a nonpharmacologic nursing intervention that can be used as a complementary adjunct in the care of patients supported by mechanical ventilation. This article details the theoretical basis of music therapy for relaxation and anxiety reduction, highlights the research testing the intervention in such patients, and discusses areas of needed research to extend further the implementation of music therapy in critical care nursing practice in an effort to promote a healing environment for patients.
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Complementary and Alternative Therapies| February 01 2000
Music Therapy as a Nursing Intervention for Patients Supported by Mechanical Ventilation
Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD
From the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2000) 11 (1): 128–138.
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Linda L. Chlan; Music Therapy as a Nursing Intervention for Patients Supported by Mechanical Ventilation. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2000; 11 (1): 128–138. doi:
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