The use of music to relieve pre-operational anxiety in children attending Day Surgery

The use of music to relieve pre-operational anxiety in children attending Day Surgery

Abstract

A music therapy program was provided for children, aged 18 months to eleven years, awaiting elective surgery in the Day Surgery ward of a large pediatric hospital. The program aimed to relieve symptoms of pre-operational anxiety. Thirty-minute music therapy sessions provided opportunities for self-expression and choice, and aimed to give children feelings of familiarity and security. A check-list was used to record children’s behavior before and after the sessions, while a questionnaire asked parents for comments on the atmosphere of the ward and their own child’s anxiety before and after the music. Children were observed by the therapist to be less anxious following music therapy. information gathered from the questionnaires showed that parents considered the atmosphere of the ward less tense and their own children to be less anxious after the session. It was recommended that music therapy be included as preparation for children of this age group attending Day Surgery.

Keywords: Music therapy, children, anxiety, day surgery


Citation

Aldridge, K. (1993). The use of music to relieve pre-operational anxiety in children attending Day Surgery. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 4, 19-35.


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Date published: July 1993