Research and Clinical Evidence
Currently, the staff at Therapeutic Harp Foundation is gathering growing
evidence and proof for therapeutic harp music as a critical part of rehabilitation
All studies have been completed at highly substantial hospitals and medical centers.
Eastern Nursing Research Society, Philadelphia, PA
The Eastern Nursing Research Society sponsored a study at Morristown Memorial Hospital in 2007 to examine the effect of live harp music on hemodynamic variables in patients recovering from open heart surgery.
They also examined the perceived levels of stress and perception that live harp music brought to RN’s working in the CPACU.
The conclusion was that live harp music was determined to be a complementary modality and enhanced a positive and healthy work environment.
Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care, Orlando Regional Healthcare System, and the University of Central Florida - Orlando, USA
20 minute live harp playing sessions were studied on vascular and thoracic surgical patients (Altern-Ther-Health-Med. 2002 Sept-Oct; 8(5): 52-4, 56-60) to determine the effect in the patient perception of anxiety, pain, and satisfaction.
This study showed that the live harp music resulted in clinically significant differences in physiological measures of heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation.
The result of live harp music playing produced statistically significant differences in physiological measures of systolic blood pressure and oxygen saturation.
The subjects in this study also experienced a decrease in pain and anxiety with the harp intervention as well as a slight reduction in physiologic variable values.
Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of music on selected stress behaviors.
- Caloric and formula intake
- Length of hospital stay
Results from this study suggest that music stimulation may have contributed to the following factors.
- Reduced initial weight loss
- Increased daily average weight
- Increased formula and caloric intake
- Significantly reduced the length of the NBICU and total hospital stays
- Significantly reduced the daily group mean of stress behaviors for the experimental group
Department of Neonatology, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Music stimulation has been shown to provide significant benefits to preterm infants. We hypothesized that live music therapy was more beneficial than recorded music and could improve physiological and behavioral parameters of stable preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Live music therapy had no significant effect on physiological and behavioral parameters during the 30-minute therapy session; however, at the 30-minute interval after the music therapy ended, heart rates were significantly reduced from 150 +/- 3.3 beats/min before therapy versus 127 +/- 6.5 beats/min after therapy
Music therapy also improved the behavioral score from 3.1 +/- 0.8 before therapy versus 1.3 +/- 0.6 after therapy, p < 0.00.
Positive Anecdotal Responses and Reactions
Along with the scientific results that were gathered from research at various hospitals, positive anecdotal responses and reactions from patients, staff, caregivers, and family members were collected by the harpist who performed in multiple settings.
- Medical centers
- Hospice centers
- Retirement facilities
- Community organizations through Therapeutic Harp Foundation
The reactions received by the harpists included many positive anecdotes.
- Patients became calmer and less anxious
- Increase their ability to sleep
- Better pain management
This study also helped to increase patient satisfaction with their surroundings located in the medical facility.
Continued Monitoring on the Effects of Harp Therapy
The effects of live harp music on the recovery and effective treatment of disease, surgery, and mental conditions is being closely monitored through pilot trials with patients using data collection and reactions.
Therapeutic Heart Foundation has created a small study on the effect of babies who have had heart surgeries using the Glenn procedure that is performed by physicians at St. Joseph’s NICU.
The initial results of this study show that live harp music allows the babies to relax, eat, sleep, and thrive after surgery.
We would like to expand these research efforts to contribute to the impact that patients have experienced with live harp music.
Things to Know
- Therapeutic harpists play at the bedsides of critically ill patients in hospitals, hospices, assisted living facilities, and a variety of other healthcare settings
- We also play in main lobbies or requested medical units in hospitals, including neonatal intensive care units
- Therapeutic Harp Foundation saves thousands of dollars every year for families and medical centers
- Our harpists play to support both the medical staff and the patients
- Therapeutic Harp Foundation participates in evidence-based studies that demonstrate the fact that therapeutic harp music reduces pain and anxiety while providing a foundation for transformation
- You can receive personal therapeutic harp sessions or give the gift of live harp therapy to a friend or relative by scheduling a session today