Impact of music on oncology hospital staff’s well-being

Celine Delerue, Sandra Rabusseau


The oncology staff is particularly susceptible to burnout and stress. Music listening may contribute to increased well-being. The aim of this study was to obtain in-depth feedback on hospital staff’s experience of a music listening program. 20 health professionals and administrative staff working in the Oncology-Hematology-Rheumatology department in [removed for blind review] took part in this study. Participants listened to standardized musical sequences of adjustable length by choosing a preferred style of music from a variety of choices included in an application. Data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire that is a standard tool for measuring psychosocial risks in the workplace, at the beginning and at the end of the study period. All participants were also asked to rate their current level of well-being on a visual scale before and after each music listening session. The results revealed that music listening should be have a positive impact on their well-being, reducing stress and increasing a sense of community at work. This research suggests that music listening as a workplace intervention can be used to promote the well-being of hospital staff. Further studies should be done with a larger sample size and across different specialties to substantiate our findings.

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