Patients' Perception and Attitudes towards the Use of Music as Therapy in Psychiatric Hospitals
Music is a widely utilized form of complementary therapy. The interest in studying the psychiatric patients' attitudes towards the use of music as therapy in psychiatric hospitals will help enlighten anew way for adjunct medical treatment in their hospitals. Objective: Explore patients' perception and attitudes towards the use of music as therapy in psychiatric hospitals. Setting: El- Maamoura Hospital for Psychiatric Medicine. Subjects: The study Subjects comprised 130 in-patients with psychiatric disorders. Tools: "Attitude towards the Use of Music as Therapy Survey", "Patient's Perception of Music As Therapy Structured Interview Schedule", and a Socio-Demographic and Clinical Data Sheet were used as tools for data collection. Results: The main results of this study were 70.8 % of the studied patients perceived that they could use music as therapy and 66.2% of the studied patients had positive attitude toward music as therapy. Conclusion: It can be concluded that patients have positive attitude toward music as therapy, in spite of their low knowledge about it. Recommendations: It is recommended that nurses should encourage their patients to choose the most appropriate time to listen to music, also, integrate music as therapy into the nursing and medical curriculum is necessary and psycho-educational programs to develop patients' awareness about music as therapy are needed.