Music & Wellness
The benefits on health outcomes are well documented: shortening postoperative recovery, reduced pain and analgesia needs, alleviating stress and depression, and overall emotional regulation. From Aristotle to the eponymous Florence Nightingale, this relationship between music and healing has long been recognized.Institutions and researchers worldwide have documented the profound influence of music on the human experience, with a wealth of scientific evidence supporting the use of music as a therapeutic tool.
What do studies say?
Music intervention can be used to relieve preoperative anxiety, intraoperative restlessness, or postoperative pain. Past studies have pointed out that the use of music interventions in patients waiting for cardiothoracic surgery can significantly reduce anxiety. Providing music to postoperative patients can help the patient feel relaxed and more at home in the hospital.
Listening to music is a regular practice for 63% of OR staff, and it has a positive effect on their efficiency and calmness during surgeries.
Nurses should offer music listening to surgery patients because of its potential benefit.
There is a robust body of literature, evaluated in systemic reviews and meta-analyses, supporting the use of music to help reduce peri-operative anxiety, postoperative pain, and reduce opioid analgesic usage among surgical patients.
Music listening, a complementary therapy, is a noninvasive, safe, familiar, and inexpensive modality that can be delivered easily and successfully with patients in both the hospital and postdischarge athome settings. Sufficient research has been conducted to indicate that music should be made available to patients undergoing operative procedures.