Effects of an Integrative Music Therapy Program on the Perception of Noise in the SICU: A Patient, Caregiver, and Physician/Nurse Environmental Study

ID Number 16-0936

Principal Investigator(s)
Joanne V Loewy

Department(s) or Division(s)
Family Medicine and Community Health


The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of environmental music therapy on noise and the perception of patients as well as personal and professional caregivers in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). We will investigate the effects of environmental music therapy on patients' impressions of noise on the SICU. Through the use of music and their musical preferences, we will learn about how music might affect the healing process of the patients as well the impact on relaxation in the SICU. Through the use of active music-making, which will only entail listening on the part of the participating professional caregiver, the physician/nurse will be able to determine whether the music affects their mood, that of the patient's personal caregiver, and the patient for whom they are caring, and whether the physician/nurse perceives an impact on the quality of the patient's recovery.

Contact Information
Wen Chang-Lit
(212) 420-2719

Recruiting Patients: Yes