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The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of music therapy on parents' and pediatric patients' perception of the nurse. Both patient (N=40) and parent (N=40) groups were given a post-test after music therapy intervention to determine if music therapy effected perception of nurse. All subjects gave written consent prior to completing the study. The experimental group received music therapy with the nurse present and involved for 7-10 minutes and was comprised of a convenience sample based on nurse availability. The control group received no music therapy. Data were collected and measured using a two-tailed Mann Whitney U test. Results showed no statistically significant difference between either parent or patient experimental and control groups. Nurse surveys revealed that one hundred percent of nurses viewed music therapy as beneficial in generating a more positive relationship between nurse, patient, and family.
Hospital, Trust, Pediatric Patient, Nurse, Music Therapy, Parent
Date of Defense
June 29, 2005.
A Thesis Submitted to the College of Music in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Florida State University
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