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Listening to music helps reduce pain and anxiety after surgery, review shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4398
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Listening to music before, during, or after surgery notably decreases patients’ pain and anxiety and reduces their use of analgesic drugs, a review published in the Lancet has shown.1

Use of music has a long history of improving patients’ experience of being in hospital, and studies have shown positive effects on postoperative recovery. But no comprehensive review has previously studied its use in different types of …

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