Listening to Music 'Makes Surgery Less Stressful'

Music reduces anxiety and stress for patients awake under local anesthetic during surgery. The study conducted by John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford played music for half of the patients while the other half underwent surgery with normal hushed conditions. The study found that the group who listened to music were one third less anxious and their breathing patterns were more relaxed during the surgery. The music also helped to relieve stress that can negatively impact surgical outcomes. "There are also good medical reasons - calmer patients may cope better with pain and recover quicker."

March 27, 2012, BBC News

Written by Michelle Roberts