In total, we found 73 trials involving almost 7,000 patients and reviewed what they showed about the impact of music on common measures for post-operative care.
“This is another demonstration of nontraditional, non-pharmacologic methods of helping patients deal with pain anxiety and the general medical experience”, he said.
Music therapy can be a great help to patients who had gone through a surgery.
“Music is a noninvasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery”.
If patients got to pick their own playlist, pain and the need for pain medication was only reduced more than when there was no music choice.
Scores of studies over the years have looked at the power of music to ease this kind of pain; an analysis published Wednesday in The Lancet that pulls all those findings together builds a strong case.
However, too loud of a volume may do more harmful than good, considering it could be distracting to members of the staff or even require them to repeat requests in a situation where time is truly of the essence.
Recently, Livescience reported that music has a positive effect on those who struggle with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“Music can be used as an additional modality or adjunct to improve the patient journey, of course it is important to ensure the patient and theatre team would like music to be played”.
The findings confirmed that playing music produced significant benefits, especially when patients were able to choose the music they liked.
But the recommendation of music during surgery should not interfere with the medical team’s communication, Meads said.
Lead researcher Dr Catherine Meads – who listened to Pink Floyd during a recent hip operation – said it equated to “a fairly good dose of painkillers”.
Plus, all medical procedures except brain or nerve surgery benefited from the unexpected effects of listening to music.
Writing in the Lancet, they said music had been effective even while patients had been under general anaesthetic.
Patients have reported lower pain levels post-surgery after listening to music.
Martin Hirsch of the Queen Mary University and co-author of the review paper recalled that the positive outcomes music may bring during surgery were well known since Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing.
The study followed several surgical teams on camera during their surgeries.
Although the study comes to a conclusion that music reduces pain, it does not necessarily mean that it can reduce the length of the patient’s time spent in the hospital.