Music Therapy as a Nonpharmacological Intervention for Anxiety in Patients with a Thought Disorder

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2017 Mar;38(3):285-288. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1264516. Epub 2017 Feb 21.

Abstract

Music therapy has been identified as a non-pharmacological adjunct therapy to treat anxiety. This QI project aimed to assess the effects of music therapy on anxiety in a sample of patients hospitalized with a thought disorder. Participants were assessed pre- and post-group using a visual analog scale for anxiety. The intervention significantly reduced VAS scores from 3.1 pre-intervention to .897 immediately post-intervention (p = 0.008). This data suggests that music therapy may be beneficial in the short term for this population and is a low risk intervention that provides positive outcomes without the risks associated with medications, seclusion, and restraint.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music Therapy*
  • Quality Improvement
  • Schizophrenia / complications
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*
  • Young Adult