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Efficacy of Live Lullaby Singing During Procedural Pain in Preterm and Term Neonates
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University, Sweden. Landstinget i Värmland. (Musiken och Människan, PEARL- Pain in Early Life)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4436-4258
Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet.
Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet.
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: Acute and repeated pain has long-term negative impact on infants’ development and future behaviour. The use of analgesic drugs has negative side-effects, which emphasizes the need for complementary approaches to pain management.

Aim: This study is the first clinical trial measuring if live lullaby singing can influence behavioural and physiological pain responses during venepuncture in preterm and term neonates.

Method: Preterm and term infants (n=38) were subjected to venepuncture with and without live lullaby singing, in a randomised order with a cross over design. Parent-preferred lullabies were performed live and standard care was provided for all neonates. Behavioural and physiological pain responses were assessed.

Results: The live lullaby singing did not show a statistically significant effect on the infants’ pain score. There was a significantly calmer breathing pattern in the lullaby intervention versus the control condition in the pre-needle stage. There were non-significant indications of fewer and shorter skin punctures with lullaby singing.

Conclusions: The additive effect of live lullaby singing has not been shown to alleviate infants’ behavioural pain responses during venepuncture; however nor has it been shown to be harmful. More research is needed to explore the potential benefits of music therapy including the role of the parents.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
newborn infant, preterm infant, pain, music therapy, lullaby
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57539DiVA: diva2:1092650
Conference
Forum Värmland 2017, Landstinget i Värmland och Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, Sweden, February 14, 2017
Available from: 2017-05-03 Created: 2017-05-03 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved

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