Degree Name

MSAH (Master of Science in Allied Health)


Allied Health

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Susan Epps

Committee Members

Ester Verhovsek, Randy Byington, Judy McCook


The purpose of this study was to determine whether therapeutic music affects the patient’s perception of pain, postoperative day 1 after knee replacement surgery in an inpatient hospital. In addition to the patient’s pain levels, the study was an analysis of the quantity of opioids the patient was requested, the length of stay, and the physiological parameters, which included blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation. Sixty knee replacement patients were randomly placed in the music group or the quiet group. The Faces Pain Scale Revised with Numeric Rating Scale was used to measure pain levels. Statistical analysis between the music group and the quiet group indicated a significant difference in patient’s pain levels (F = .298; p = .037). Study results support music decreasing patient’s perception of pain. Nurses can suggest music intervention to decrease pain with this patient population knowing evidence based practice supports the efficiency of music.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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