The effect of music on stress levels in Nurses | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Department of Nursing, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan. snowjade@mail.tcu.edu.tw

AIM:

The aim of this study was to examine the effects of music on stress indices and to examine the association between music preference and stress.

METHODS:

Using a randomized crossover controlled trial, 54 nurses were randomly assigned to a music/chair rest sequence or chair rest/music sequence during the period February to June 2006.

Each intervention lasted for 30 minutes.:Participants in the music condition sat quietly in the chair rest condition, listening to self-selected soothing music using headphones for 30 minutes.

 

Serial measurements of participants' heart rate, mean arterial pressure, finger temperature and cortisol levels were taken with a BP monitor and chemillumincent immunoassay every 15 minutes throughout the procedure.

FINDINGS:

Compared with chair rest, participants had a lower perceived stress level, cortisol, heart rate, mean arterial pressure and higher finger temperature while listening to music (P < 0·05).

 

Significant differences were also found between the two conditions in terms of post-test heart rate, cortisol levels, finger temperature and mean arterial pressure (P < 0·05).

 

Music preference scores ranged between 7 and 10, with a mean score of 8·81 (sd = 1·05), and was significantly associated with mean arterial pressure, cortisol levels, self-perceived stress and finger temperature.

CONCLUSION:

The findings provided evidence for nurses to use soothing music as a research-based nursing intervention for stress reduction


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