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Music with a beat

15th September 2006

A study reported in Nursing in Critical Care shows that playing music to older patients during and after cardiovascular surgery leads to less post-operative anxiety and also reduces the length of time spent they are intubated.

Sixty adults over 65 undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery were studied, of these half listened to music during and after the procedure. A control group were given standard post-operative care.

The group who listened to music showed a mean anxiety score of 36.8, compared with 42.9 for controls using the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory. The group that were played music spent an average of 391 minutes intubated after surgery, this compares with 591 for controls.

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