Music as Medicine: The Therapeutic Potential of Music for Acute Stroke Patients

Author(s): Charlene Supnet, PhD, April Crow, RN, Sonja Stutzman, PhD, DaiWai Olson, RN, PhD, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2019

Topics: Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Nurses caring for patients with acute stroke are likely to administer both music and medication with therapeutic intent. The administration of medication is based on accumulated scientific evidence and tailored to the needs of each patient. However, the therapeutic use of music is generally based on good intentions and anecdotal evidence. This review summarizes and examines the current literature regarding the effectiveness of music in the treatment of critically ill patients and the use of music in neurologically injured patients. The rationale for hypothesis-driven research to explore therapeutic music intervention in acute stroke is compelling.


  • Differentiate between music as a therapeutic intervention and music therapy.
  • List strategies to promote the use of music as a therapeutic intervention.
  • Identify gaps in the current literature that require nursing research.

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