Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2040-2457
  • E-ISSN: 2040-2465



This report examines twelve peer-reviewed articles that explore the intervention of music in the hospital environment. The articles vary in descriptions of how music is delivered to patients. However, the authors all assert value from offering this creative service to possibly reduce pain and provide comfort. The Sonke et al. study recommends guidelines for music performances on hospital floors to enrich the workplace for staff. Some research focuses more on standardization of reporting for the arts in medicine field, while Clift specifically writes about the increased interest in arts interventions with the need for evidence showing positive outcomes from this financially affordable programming. DeVelder emphasizes the importance of collaboration and scientific dialogue between the medical community and arts practitioners. Practice comparisons are reflected upon to achieve the most benefit for patients, their families, and hospital staff. All of the writers agree that music has the potential to improve the hospital experience. The conclusions of the authors represent that more research is warranted on music in facilities to raise acceptance and quality of outcomes from the arts in medicine.


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