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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

June 2012, Volume 31 Number 3 , p 159 - 166


  • Theresa Davis MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
  • Pamela Jones MSN, ACNP-BC


Increased anxiety levels are a common problem for mechanically ventilated patients. Heightened anxiety and lack of effective treatment options result in negative patient outcomes. Music therapy has been documented as an effective nursing intervention to manage anxiety in ventilator-dependent patients. Seven studies examining the effectiveness of music therapy in ventilator-dependent patients are reviewed in this literature review.

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