Can music therapy help your program save money?

cost savings

In short, YES. Music Therapy is a very cost-effective healthcare treatment. While more studies need to be done, here are our top four favorite studies that show how cost-effective music therapy is as a treatment:

  1. Walworth, D.D. (2005). Procedural-support music therapy in the healthcare setting: a cost effectiveness analysis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20(4), 276-84.
    1. MT had a 100% success rate of eliminating the need for sedation for pediatric patients receiving EEG; 80.7% success rate for pediatric CT scan without sedation; 94.1% success rate for all of the procedures
    2. The cost analysis resulted in the total per patient receiving music therapy being$13.21 and $87.45 for patients without music therapy = net savings of $74.24 (85%)
    3. The project resulted in saving 184 RN-hours for other duties
  2. Romo, R. & Gifford, L. (2007). A Cost-benefit analysis of music therapy in a home hospice. Nursing Economics, 25(6), 353-358.
    1. The total cost per patient in music therapy was $10,659 with $13,643 for a standard care patient, resulting in a cost savings of $2,984. The music therapy program cost $3,615, yielding a cost benefit ratio of 0.83. When using the cost per patient day, the cost benefit is 0.95
    2. 79% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the MT program increased their job satisfaction while 80% reported that knowing their company provided MT to its patients made their commitment to working with the company stronger
  3. Standley, J.& Walworth, D.D. (2005). Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Total Program, in J. Standley (Ed.), Medical Music Therapy, 33-40. AMTA.
    1. For the total expenditure in $57,600, the Florida State University affiliated music therapy/Arts in Medicine protocol in the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital reveal a total outlay for two partners of $17,247, or 70.1% of total savings
  4. Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, University of Georgia Hospital at Athens, University of North Carolina Medical Center, and Florida Hospital Orlando conducted a 5-year study (2001-2006) using the of PAL™ I (prototype) in their NICU Music Therapy Programs. Results yielded a 5-day reduction in the length of stay for NICU infants, which translates into a cost savings of $10,000 ($2,000 day)