Listening to music before, during, or after surgery has a beneficial effect on patients by reducing their anxiety and pain and facilitating their recovery, according to a study published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet.
In a total of 72 studies involving a total of 7,000 people, a team of British researchers showed that patients operated on music were less anxious, had less postoperative pain, and took less pain medication than those who had not had it. Law. They were also more satisfied overall. know more Best Stock Music in USA
The effect on anxiety and pain was noticeable when the music was heard before, during, or after the surgery, but with an advantage for the music heard before the procedure.
All the music tested (more than 4,000 titles in total) proved to be effective, although the authors note an increased but "insignificant" benefit for the pieces chosen by the patient.
The effect was also noted under general anesthesia but was somewhat more significant when patients were aware during the procedure.
Music has also reduced the use of pain medications.
However, it did not reduce the length of hospitalization of patients, according to the researchers.
Asked by AFP, Dr. Catherine Meads of Brunel University (UK), who led the study, explained that pain reduction was about a fifth on the pain scale of 0 at 10, a "clinically significant" reduction.
For her, "music is a non-invasive, safe, and inexpensive way that should be accessible to anyone undergoing surgery."
She added that patients should in the future be allowed to choose the type of music they wish to hear, but recognizes that steps must be taken to prevent it from interfering with communication between members of the medical team.
In a commentary attached to the study, Dr. Paul Glasziou of Bond University in Australia notes that the findings of the study are consistent with trials already conducted on patients with artificial ventilation or hypertensive patients whose symptoms have decreased in intensity. The effect of music. Stock music library in the USA
But he notes that it is difficult at this stage to say whether the effect is due to relaxation, cognitive distraction, or any other mechanism.
And given the wide variety of benefits listed in the study, he suggests how we can "get the most out of it" in the future.