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Current Issue: November 17, 2003
Volume 39, Number 9

Harpist soothes ER waiting room

Sandi Ludescher is one of several harpists playing in the ER. Mondays.

Studies have shown that music therapy effectively reduces anxiety, stress and the experience of pain.

The UNM Arts-in-Medicine program reflects the growing body of evidence that supports the benefits of integrative therapies and is a complimentary program to the UNM School of Medicine’s newly created Integrative Medicine Program.

At UNM Hospital, program participants have been using music therapy with patients and also in the waiting room of the Emergency Room every Monday from 2-4 p.m. The harp is used because the vibration of the strings can be “felt” by the listener.

The Arts-in-Medicine program is unique in that it serves populations on multiple sides of the health care industry, recognizing that health and healing is a systematic process. Artists in medicine facilitate creative experiences that prompt reconnection, renewal and heightened awareness.

For more information, call Chris Fenton at 272-9700.