The effects of live therapeutic music on patient's affect and perceptions of care: A randomized field study

Mulubrhan F. Mogos, Nancy Angard, Lloyd Goldstein, Jason W. Beckstead

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Aim: This article examines the effects of live therapeutic music (LTM) on patients in a hospital setting. LTM was hypothesized to directly increase patients' positive affect and to indirectly influence their perceptions of the care they received. Method: One hundred patients participated in a two group (fifty per group), quasi-experimental design in which they completed a very brief questionnaire assessing their affect and perceptions of care. Half of the participants were exposed to LTM at the bedside. The other half served as a comparison group. A structural equation model was used to test the hypothesized effects of LTM. Results: The model explained 63% of the variance in patient's affect and 10% of the variance in perceptions of care. Conclusions: Patients respond to LTM with increased positive affect and by assigning higher ratings to the care they receive. LTM could be used as a viable means to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-192
Number of pages5
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013



  • Live therapeutic music
  • Perceptions of care
  • Positive affect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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