Center for Arts in Medicine

Music in Emergency and Trauma Care Toolkit


The following recommendations were derived from the provision of live preferential music programming over a four-year period, 2011-2015, in the UF Health Shands Hospital Adult Emergency and Trauma Center in 2014, as well as from a phase one clinical trial. Over the 20-week trial period, six highly trained artists in residence performed preferential music for 1,257 patients and approximately 1,800 patient family members in order to determine the potential effects of music in the emergency and trauma care environment.  Over the four-year period, participating musicians reported on over 5,000 patient interactions.

This study was funded by a grant from the the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

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