Receptive Music Therapy for Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Amanda J. Golino, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, PMGT-BC, TCRN, Raymond Leone, MMT, MT-BC, Audra Gollenberg, PhD, Amy Gillam, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL, TCRN, Kristelle Toone, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL, Yasmin Samahon, MSN, RN-BC, Theresa M. Davis, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CHTP, Debra Stanger, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, Mary Ann Friesen, PhD, RN, CPHQ, and Anthony Meadows, PhD, MT-BC, LPC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2026

Topics: Pulmonary, Well-Being

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Live music therapy provided by a board-certified music therapist reduces anxiety, decreases pain, and improves the physiological response of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale and the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool were completed by critical care nurses immediately before and after each session, and the patients’ heart rates, respiratory rates, and oxygenation levels were measured. Patients who received live music therapy had significantly different scores on the Richmond Agitation- Sedation Scale {AQ5} (P < .001) and the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (odds ratio, 6.02; P = .002) compared with the standard care group. Significant differences between groups were also reported in heart rate (P < .001). No significant differences were found in oxygen values.


  • Explore the clinical benefits of music therapy for intensive care unit (ICU) patients.
  • Identify the adverse impact(s) of traditional methods of treatment for pain and agitation in the ICU.
  • Understand the nursing implications of using music therapy in the ICU.

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