Why We Need a Music Player in Every Patient Room

AMA J Ethics. 2019 Mar 1;21(3):E303-308. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2019.303.


Music can influence clinicians' and patients' mental states and emotions via the capacity of rhythm and tone to entrain. Entrainment can facilitate relaxation and distraction from pain and has a role to play in experiences with and in health care. In this article, we discuss the benefits of music from the perspectives of a physician and a veteran.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Music / psychology
  • Music Therapy* / history
  • Music Therapy* / methods
  • United States
  • Veterans / psychology
  • Vietnam Conflict