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Music Is Most Certainly Medicine

If we need proof of the power of music, it comes in a study of 7,000 patients whose data was analysed by researchers at Brunel University and Queen Mary University in London. They found that listening to music before, during and after surgical procedures proved beneficial to patients, reducing anxiety and pain, increasing satisfaction rates and lowering the need for pain medication.

The findings of the research (published in The Lancet in August 2015) took data from 72 trails and compared the impact of music with “standard” care or other non-drug interventions (e.g. relaxation and massage) amongst adult patients undergoing any surgical procedure.

It may come as no surprise to many of you that patients who selected their own music reported even better outcomes with greater reduction in pain and use of medication.

Lead author Dr. Catherine Meads from Brunel University stated “More than 51 million operations are performed every year in the USA and around 4.6 million in England. Music is a non-invasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery. Patients should be allowed to choose the type of music they would like to hear to maximize the benefit to their wellbeing.”

Imagine the benefits if all patients had access to our “Music is Medicine” book to help them select the music they wanted with them not only during surgery but throughout the whole of their recovery period?