Music Interventions as a Complementary Form of Treatment in ICU Patients

  • Athanasios Dritsas Onassis Hospital, Athens
Keywords: music therapy, music medicine

Abstract

Music can influence a wide range of physiological and psychological effects and is effective in decreasing stress and facilitating relaxation responses. Music therapy has been widely used in a variety of cultures for centuries to decrease patients’ perception of pain, anxiety and depression, and boost their feelings of relaxation. Music can be used as a safe and inexpensive non-pharmacologic antianxiety intervention to enhance relaxation and decrease stress in ICU patients.

Author Biography

Athanasios Dritsas, Onassis Hospital, Athens
Specialty: Cardiology
Published
2013-04-07
Section
Editorial