Supportive Care
NCPD Article

Mindful Awareness of Music: A Modality for Symptom Management

Samantha Minasian

music, symptom management, well-being, evidence-based practice, supportive care
CJON 2023, 27(3), 233-236. DOI: 10.1188/23.CJON.233-236

Individuals diagnosed with hematologic cancers experience a variety of psychological and physiologic hardships. The purpose of this evidence-based practice pilot project was to determine whether patients who listened to music had improved symptom management. Individuals admitted to an inpatient hematology-oncology unit participated in music sessions. These sessions consisted of patient-preferred music being played for 30–45 minutes. Surveys were administered before and immediately after the intervention. Overall, 58 patients participated. Symptoms that were most improved were tiredness (52%), well-being (48%), drowsiness (45%), and anxiety (41%).

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