A new study reveals that listening to music before, during and after a surgical intervention may help reduce pain. It seems that music can work as a soothing factor for postoperative recovery in adults.
Patients who would listen to music would be less anxious after surgery and would experience less pain, researchers at Queen Mary University of London say.
According to Lancet’s Journal, music is an inexpensive aid factor that can be delivered easily to patients.
Regarding their method, they implemented random control trials (RCT’s) of adults undergoing surgical interventions, except those relating to the central nervous system, head or neck. Music therapy was put to the test before, after and during the surgical procedures, in comparison to standard care or therapy not based on drugs.
The research team’s findings were conclusive, after having tested this new approach on groups of 20 to 458 participants. Musical choices, duration and timing varied. The factors that were taken into account and comparison were routine care, undisturbed bed rest, headphones with no music and white noise. It turned out that music decreased post-operative pain, analgesia use and anxiety, while increasing patient satisfaction. Moreover, it seems that the effects of music were beneficial even in patients under anesthesia..
The team monitored approximately 7,000 patients due to be subjected to surgical interventions, in 70 trials.
The interpretation of the study is that music can soothe patients’ pain and anxiety during the post-surgery period.
Moreover, the Department of Health said doctors should take into consideration the scientific team’s discoveries.
London researchers informed hospitals to display in National Health Service leaflets that patients bring musical devices with them if they are due to suffer a surgical process.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Catherine Meads, confessed that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album helped her to a high extent in coping with pain, three hours after a hip intervention.
Researchers will be looking into and will fathom the issue more this fall at the Royal London Hospital.
Furthermore, 40 women undergoing a hysteroscopy or a Caesarian intervention will be given the opportunity of having their playlist connected to a pillow with implemented speakers.
However, the subject should be treated with caution, so that the music doesn’t interfere with the doctors’ communication during surgery.
A plastic surgery doctor from University Hospitals Birmingham, Hazim Sadideen, said that music could be used as an additional means to improve the patient’s journey, as undergoing minor and major surgery can induce stress to those receiving medical care.
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