Petra Burzlaff (Bachelor of Arts [B.A.] Music Therapy/ Master of Science [M.Sc.] Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy) University Augsburg (Germany)

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Background: Postoperative delirium (POD) is a highly prevalent morbid syndrome in intensive care units (ICUs). Approximately one third of all patients over 70 years of age are affected by POD. Its fluctuating symptoms and manifestations pose serious psycho-physiological risks to the patients, as well as strains to their relatives and medical professionals. Aim and Objectives: The development and implementation of an intervention that combines music and vibro-acoustics using the ‘SoundPad’ seeks to reduce the psycho-physiological burden of symptoms and evaluates its efficacy, relevance, and practicability in managing POD. Method and Result: After outlining the intervention and its theoretical implications, three single case studies elaborate on the processes connected to music therapy/music medicine by taking into account the perspectives of patients, relatives and staff. Psycho-physiological effects will be discussed.

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