I am in need of your opinions!
I am currently working towards my master's degree and trying to decide which topic to do my review of literature on which will eventually evolve into my thesis/capstone project. I am opened to suggestions...no hurt feelings here! Thank you! Topic of interest:
Music therapy in ventilated patients in the adult intensive care unit. Problem
: Restlessness of ventilated patients is normally controlled through sedation and/or anxiolytics. However, this practice often leads to difficulties in weaning due to patientís inability of taking adequate spontaneous breaths. Prolonged ventilation is not only hazardous for the patient but also costly. Many studies have been performed on music therapy use in the neonatal unit; however, few studies have been performed on the use of this intervention in the adult intensive care unit (Austin, D., 2010; Lee O., Chung Y., Chan M. & Chan W., 2005; ). Purpose
: To study the effects of music therapy on decreasing anxiety and restlessness in ventilated patients in the adult intensive care unit. Type of study
: quantitative study reviewing amount of sedation used and physiological signs during exposure to music therapy Hypothesis:
Ventilated patients in the adult intensive care unit demonstrate lower levels of anxiety and restlessness requiring less sedation when exposed to music therapy.
Austin, D. (2010). The psychophysiological effects of music therapy in intensive care units. Paediatric Nursing, 22(3), 14-20. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Lee, O., Chung, Y., Chan, M., & Chan, W. (2005). Intensive care music and its effect on the physiological responses and anxiety levels of patients receiving mechanical ventilation: a pilot study. Journal of Clinical Nursing,14(5), 609-620. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
My first choice was the effectiveness of continuous glucose monitoring in patients requiring intensive insulin therapy in the intensive care unit. However, I have been told that I "could" do this, but the feasibility would be difficult. It would be awesome to do though!