Music as an aid for postoperative recovery in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in The Lancet, August 2015
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Title
Music as an aid for postoperative recovery in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
The Lancet, August 2015
DOI 10.1016/s0140-6736(15)60169-6
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Hole, Jenny, Hirsch, Martin, Ball, Elizabeth, Meads, Catherine, Jenny Hole, Martin Hirsch, Elizabeth Ball, Catherine Meads

Abstract

Music is a non-invasive, safe, and inexpensive intervention that can be delivered easily and successfully. We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess whether music improves recovery after surgical procedures. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of adult patients undergoing surgical procedures, excluding those involving the central nervous system or head and neck, published in any language. We included RCTs in which any form of music initiated before, during, or after surgery was compared with standard care or other non-drug interventions. We searched MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, and Cochrane Central. We did meta-analysis with RevMan (version 5.2), with standardised mean differences (SMD) and random-effects models, and used Stata (version 12) for meta-regression. This study is registered with PROSPERO, number CRD42013005220. We identified 4261 titles and abstracts, and included 73 RCTs in the systematic review, with size varying between 20 and 458 participants. Choice of music, timing, and duration varied. Comparators included routine care, headphones with no music, white noise, and undisturbed bed rest. Music reduced postoperative pain (SMD -0·77 [95% CI -0·99 to -0·56]), anxiety (-0·68 [-0·95 to -0·41]), and analgesia use (-0·37 [-0·54 to -0·20]), and increased patient satisfaction (1·09 [0·51 to 1·68]), but length of stay did not differ (SMD -0·11 [-0·35 to 0·12]). Subgroup analyses showed that choice of music and timing of delivery made little difference to outcomes. Meta-regression identified no causes of heterogeneity in eight variables assessed. Music was effective even when patients were under general anaesthetic. Music could be offered as a way to help patients reduce pain and anxiety during the postoperative period. Timing and delivery can be adapted to individual clinical settings and medical teams. None.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Japan 3 3%
United Kingdom 2 2%
United States 2 2%
Netherlands 2 2%
Spain 1 <1%
Montenegro 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Colombia 1 <1%
Unknown 107 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 24 20%
Researcher 19 16%
Student > Master 18 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 10%
Other 34 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 73 61%
Nursing and Health Professions 14 12%
Psychology 10 8%
Arts and Humanities 8 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 3%
Other 11 9%

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