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Music in the emergency room?: survey results

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Music as Medicine?

Should Sunnybrook play music in its Emergency Department?

We asked, you answered!

70 per cent of respondents said “yes”

  • “Music can be soothing”
  • “…lifts your spirits and calms you down”
  • “Playing music has the potential to support the psychological well-being of patients and improve their overall experience”

20 per cent of respondents said “no”

  • “For those who are hearing impaired, sound makes it harder to understand someone speaking to you”
  • “It would be more stressful to listen to music in such an environment”
  • “Someone could get a particular piece of music forever associated with the shock of grief”

10 per cent of respondents said “maybe” - depends on the type of music played

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Music as Medicine

Should Sunnybrook play music in its Emergency Department?

Sunnybrook has a busy Emergency Department with as many as 250 visits per day. Music has been shown to:

  • Provide positive distraction
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve mood

Some considerations:

  • Type of music: patients have differing musical preferences
  • The sound of silence: some patients prefer silence

Should Sunnybrook play music in its Emergency Department?

Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

sunnybrook.ca/engagement
engagement@sunnybrook.ca