Is music the best medicine?

Mar 28, 2012, 10:26 AM

Playing music to patients undergoing surgery reduces their anxiety and could improve healing, according to new research.

Dr Apul Parikh, cosmetic surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, told the Today programme's John Humphrys that they did trials on 100 patients to see if they could "improve the patient journey" and improve anxiety levels.

He explained that all patients were getting minor surgery that was being performed under local anaesthetic so the patients were happy with the procedure anyway but that "those with music playing in the background had significantly lower levels of anxiety" both during and post-operation.

Dr Parikh said that easy listening and classical were the popular types of music such as Vivaldi and Frank Sinatra.

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