Welcome to Musica Humana Research
Creation and studies of specially designed music in healthcare

 "You can close your eyes - but you can't close your ears" 
 Quote: Professor, MD Lars Heslet

This is the official website of research collaboration 'Musica Humana Research', which since 1998 has worked with the creation and documentation of specially designed music therapy.

On this website you can read about the background of the initiative and the activities of this interdisciplinary project, dealing with the period from 1998 to 2007 and whose primary goal has been about the creation, scientific dokumenartion and implementation of a specially designed music sound environment created particularly for use in patient care within hospitals and health care generally.

Today, Musica Humana, Research and this web site here, is a competency centre where knowledge and experience with the use of specially designed music, audio-visual design and newly developed sound sources are presented, and where professional therapists communicate their knowledge and new research, and pass the recommendations to all interested in and outside the established health care system.

The studies with specially designed music mentioned and referenced on this web site has mainly concentrated on the most sensitive group: severely ill hospitalized patients – but following all experience shows that this music by composer Niels Eje (named ‘MusiCure’ by the composer), also has a positive effect on a much wider audience - 
including many thousands of home users who use music for relaxation, 
inspiration and daily motivation - and as a remedy to counter the stress 
of everyday life.

The most important international publications are listed under the "Publications and Articles" . New studies are continuously being carried out and published on this website. 

 MusiCure is tested through clinical research, and the results have shown:

Significant documentation of soothing and calming effect
*                Less use of pain relief medicine (morphine) and sleeping medication
*                Reduced production of stress hormone cortisol

*                Increased production of the hormone oxytocin

*                Reduced feeling of anxiety, stress and pain

*                Generally, more positive experience of treatment and hospitalization


School-aged children’s experiences of postoperative music medicine on pain, distress, and anxiety 
Authors: Stefan Nilsson RN, MSC*†, co-authors: Eva Kokinsky MD, PhD*, Ulrica Nilsson RNA, PhD‡ and Karin Enskär RN, PhD†
*Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, The Queen Silvia Children's Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg , †Department of Nursing Science, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping and ‡Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care and Centre for Health Care Sciences, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden

Soothing music can increase oxytocin levels during bed rest after open-heart surgery: a randomised control trial
Author: Ulrica Nilsson Assisting Professor, RNA and PhD at the Centre for Health Care Sciences at Örebro University Sweden. Published in Journal of Clinical Nursing August 2009

Patients’ perception of music versus ordinary sound in a post anaesthesia care unit:
Malmoe University Hospital, Sweden, Ann-Charlotte Fredriksson, Leif Hellström, Ulrica Nilsson
A randomised crossover trial. Published in Intensive and Critical Care NursingMay 2009

The effect of music intervention in stress response to cardiac surgery in a randomized clinical trial.
Author: Ulrica Nilsson Assisting Professor, RNA and PhD at the Centre for Health Care Sciences at Örebro University Sweden. Published in ’Heart & Lung – The journal of Acute and Critical Care’Oct.2008

 Treatment of psychiatric patientssuffering from anxiety using MusiCure
A pilot study. Author and project coordinator: Torben Egelund Soerensen, Candidate in Music therapy,Psychiatric Department, Horsens Hospital, Denmark. Supervisor: Joergen Tybjerg, MD, Consultant Psychiatrist,  Psychiatric Department, Horsens Hospital, Denmark. Published October 2004


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