Published On: Thu, Aug 13th, 2015

Music during surgery a boon to patients, possible distraction to surgeons

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Surgery patients who listen to music before, during or after their procedures show reduced pain scores, anxiety and need for pain relievers, a new review suggests.

What’s less clear is whether doctors and nurses are distracted by music during surgery.

Researchers from the United Kingdom pooled together the results of 72 randomized trials involving nearly 7,000 surgical patients who either listened to music or received standard care, massage or relaxation.

The findings were published in Wednesday’s online issue of The Lancet.

“If you can imagine a way of measuring pain from nought to 10 on a centimetre scale where nought is no pain at all and 10 is the worst pain imaginable, the music we found reduced peoples’ pain by about two on that scale,” said lead author Dr. Catherine Meads from Brunel University in Uxbridge.

It’s a clinically meaningful effect, which reduced the amount of painkillers needed, eased anxiety and increased patient satisfaction, compared with controls, Meads said. But the effect wasn’t strong enough to replace an anesthetic.

 

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