Therapeutic Use of Music and Television in Neurocritical Care: A Practice Survey

DaiWai W M Olson, H. Hunt Batjer, Michael L. Zanders, Kimberly Harrison, Jose I. Suarez

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Introduction: Although health care providers often play music via radio, or play television, to calm and sooth patients, limited research is available to guide practice. Method: This study used a 17-item practice survey that was distributed electronically to neurocritical care society members in July 2014. Responses were collated and analyzed using SAS (Version 9.3). Results: There were 118 completed responses, including from 71 attending physicians, 9 resident or fellow physicians, 30 nurses, and 8 affiliate professional members. The majority of respondents sometimes or always play music (65%) and agree that music is therapeutic (70%). However, there was no clear practice pattern regarding when or why music or TV should be used as an intervention in the neurocritical care unit. Conclusion: The use of music and TV is a common intervention in the neurocritical care unit but lacks a strong scientific foundation and is associated with a high practice variance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • brain injury recovery
  • milieu therapy
  • music therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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