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Music as a Nursing Intervention for Preterm Infants in the NICU

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Although there is general agreement that noise in the neonatal intensive care unit should be reduced, there is controversy about the use of music as a developmental care strategy with preterm infants. Much literature supports using music with preterm infants, indicating that it enhances physiologic and neurobehavioral functioning, but some experts worry that music is overstimulating. This article presents evidence supporting the use of music with preterm infants as well as criticism of same. Recommendations for music interventions with preterm infants are discussed, although further research is needed before specific guidelines can be established.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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