Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Alicia Quella


Burn injuries resulting in tissue damage are considered one of the most severe traumas that can be experienced. Pain and anxiety continue to be major problems for patients with burn injuries during all stages of the treatment. Proper pain management is essential during recovery because it reduces the chance of developing malnutrition and promotes a stronger immune system. A number of studies have explored the effects of music on pain levels before, during, and after medical procedures for burn patients. Few studies have examined the effects of music therapy in the population of pediatric burn patients. Many studies have shown that pediatric burn patients have a positive reaction to music as a form of treatment intervention and no negative impacts have been associated with any of the studies. With no negative side effects, music therapy continues to be a beneficial nonpharmacologic treatment option for patients and creates an opportunity for providers to reduce drugs and sedation in children.