The effect of a single music therapy session on hospitalized children as measured by salivary immunoglobulin a, speech pause time, and a patient opinion likert scale

A veces no sé muy bien si soy yo la que llego a los artículos o ellos los que vienen a mí. Pero en cualquier caso, he topado con este de la PhD. Deforia Lane y me parece realmente interesante. Así que lo comparto con todos vosotros.

Cada día que pasa, me doy cuenta de lo afortunada que soy al poder dedicarme este año al completo a investigar. Es un verdadero placer por todo lo que estoy aprendiendo con ello. Después de estos años de acontecimientos diversos, una reducción laboral para poder «simplemente» ponerme a investigar. Y lo necesario que es.

I love research!


The purpose of this study was to determine whether a single 30-minute music therapy session significantly affected the mood of hospitalized children, as measured by Salivary Immunoglobulin A (IgA), Speech Pause Time, and a Patient Opinion Likert Scale. A pretest/posttest design was used. Subjects were 40 pediatric in-patients between the ages of 6 and 12 at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Each child was randomly assigned to the experimental (N = 20) or control group (N = 20). Intervention consisted of a hello song, passing, playing and identifying instruments, singing, imitation and listening games and a closure song. Subjects in the control group were allowed to continue for 30 minutes in whatever activity they were engaged at the time (reading, playing video games, talking on the phone). Each child was tested individually before and after the 30 minutes and care was taken to prevent aversive medical interruptions during the intervention treatment group showed a significant increase in IgA (p le.01) from pretest to posttest while the control group did not. Data showed no significant difference between the pretest and posttest for either group’s Speech Pause Time or Patient Opinion Likert scores. The Wilcoxon ranked-sum test revealed no significant difference between groups in the mean change in IgA, SPT, or Likert scores. Data suggest that a 30-minute music therapy session can have a significant effect in increasing IgA of hospitalized children.

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