Effects of Music Intervention on Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Hospitals


  • Bussakorn Binson DPhil
  • Somrat Lertmaharit MSc
  • Pranee Satayaprakop BEd
  • Kamonrat Chongthanakorn MD
  • Chanchana Boonyakrai MD
  • Samran Klinphaetkit MD
  • Navaphan Nakkaban MURP
  • Patravoot Dinpragpada MFA
  • Charuwan Boonpob BRN




This research focused on the use of music interventions in 54 patients receiving hemodialysis treatments at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration hospitals. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of live music or music listening interventions on pre and postmeasures of patients’ blood pressure, pulse rate, pain, and anxiety. The results showed significant improvements in blood pressure and pulse rate and statistically significant reductions in pain and anxiety for patients in both music interventions (P < .05). There were no significant differences in these effects between live music intervention and music listening. Both kinds of music interventions were found to significantly reduce the rate of perceived pain and anxiety. It can be summarized that both types of music interventions can be used according to patients’ need and necessity, and concern of budget, personnel, and facility within each hospital are taken into consideration.

Author Biographies

Bussakorn Binson, DPhil

Bussakorn Binson (Sumrongthong), DPhil, is the research leader of this study. She is an associate professor in Music, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She is one of the founding members of the International Association for Music & Medicine and is on the editorial board of Music and Medi- cine. She was a convener of the 2nd International Association for Music and Medicine Conference in Thailand, in 2012. She was assigned by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health to write the first Thai music therapy book in 2009. Her research works include music intervention research in 3 hospitals in Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Hospitals in 2011, music and healthcare in the parks of 5 districts in Bangkok in 2009, and the survey of music therapy programs in Thailand in 2008.

Somrat Lertmaharit, MSc

Somrat Lertmaharit, MSc, is an associate professor at the Department of Preventive and Social, Faculty of Medicine, Deputy Dean of College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Pranee Satayaprakop, BEd

Pranee Satayaprakop, BEd, is the deputy director general of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, Bangkok Administration Office, Thailand.

Kamonrat Chongthanakorn, MD

Kamonrat Chongthanakorn, MD, is the head of Hemodialysis Unit, Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.

Chanchana Boonyakrai, MD

Chanchana Boonyakrai, MD, is the head of Hemodialysis Unit, Taksin Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.

Samran Klinphaetkit, MD

Samran Klinphaetkit, MD, is the head of Hemodialysis Unit, Klang Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.

Navaphan Nakkaban, MURP

Navaphan Nakkaban, MURP, is an assistant researcher at the Center of Urban Research Plaza, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Patravoot Dinpragpada, MFA

Patravoot Dinprangpada, MFA, is a music therapist at the Thai Red Cross’s Sawangnivas Rehabilitation Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

Charuwan Boonpob, BRN

Charuwan Boonpob, BRN, is a nurse professional at the Thai Red Cross’s Sawangnivas Rehabilitation Center, Bangkok, Thailand.




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