Listening to music makes people feel less pain, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the University of Alberta have found more evidence to suggest that music decreases people’s perceived sense of pain. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry researcher Dr Lisa Hartling led a research team that conducted a clinical research trial of 42 children between the ages of three and 11.
All of the children were seen at the paediatric emergency department at the Stollery Children's Hospital, in Alberta, and needed IVs. Some of the children listened to music while getting an IV, while others did not.
Researchers measured the children's distress, perceived pain levels, and heart rates. They also measured the satisfaction levels of parents, and the satisfaction levels of the healthcare providers who administered the IVs.
‘We did find a difference in the children's reported pain – the children in the music group had less pain immediately after the procedure,’ said Dr Hartling. ‘The finding is clinically important and it's a simple intervention that can make a big difference. Playing music for kids during painful medical procedures would be an inexpensive and easy-to-use intervention in clinical settings.’
The research showed that the children who listened to music reported significantly less pain, some demonstrated significantly less distress, and the children's parents were more satisfied with care.
Source - Daily Mail