The influence of music during mechanical ventilation and weaning from mechanical ventilation: A review

Breanna Hetland, Ruth A Lindquist, Linda L. Chlan

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Mechanical ventilation (MV) causes many distressing symptoms. Weaning, the gradual decrease in ventilator assistance leading to termination of MV, increases respiratory effort, which may exacerbate symptoms and prolong MV. Music, a non-pharmacological intervention without side effects may benefit patients during weaning from mechanical ventilatory support. A narrative review of OVID Medline, PsychINFO, and CINAHL databases was conducted to examine the evidence for the use of music intervention in MV and MV weaning. Music intervention had a positive impact on ventilated patients; 16 quantitative and 2 qualitative studies were identified. Quantitative studies included randomized clinical trials (10), case controls (3), pilot studies (2) and a feasibility study. Evidence supports music as an effective intervention that can lesson symptoms related to MV and promote effective weaning. It has potential to reduce costs and increase patient satisfaction. However, more studies are needed to establish its use during MV weaning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-425
Number of pages10
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health under award number [ FNR014591A ].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Airway management
  • Artificial respiration
  • Mechanical ventilator
  • Music
  • Music therapy
  • Weaning


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