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The aim of this study is to determine whether there is a significant difference between self-reported scores of anxiety, mood state, and pain levels and the physiological comparison of vital signs when patients are allowed to listen to preferred music during interfacility ambulance transport. The music therapist administered a mood scale prior to and following interfacility ambulance transport, and measured vital signs prior to, during, and following transport for all participants (N=5). In addition, the music therapy intervention of listening to self-selected music on an iPad was provided to the participants in the music condition (n=2). Results determined that music therapy was effective in increasing relaxation and comfort, and in positively impacting the experience of interfacility ambulance transport. Participant feedback on the study questionnaire indicated that 100% patients would prefer listening to their selected genre of music during ambulance transport.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Music Therapy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jayne M. Standley, Professor Directing Thesis; Dianne Gregory, Committee Member; Kimberly VanWeelden, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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