Effect of Music on Vital Signs and Postoperative Pain


AORN Journal




Pharmacological methods to improve postoperative pain are well documented, but an increasing interest in nonpharmacological methods has stimulated research in this field. Traditional and pharmacological interventions to relieve perioperative anxiety and pain are being challenged by an increasing demand for more holistic approaches. This study tested the hypothesis that listening to music preoperatively and postoperatively would affect patients' experience of pain, nausea, and well-being and have an impact on their vital signs. The authors conclude that a period of peaceful rest before and after surgery reduces patient anxiety.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Anxiety; Hospital Setting; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Nausea; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Postoperative Pain; Postoperative Patients; Psychological Outcomes; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Surgery; Surgical Patients; Vital signs

Indexed Terms

Anxiety; Blood Pressure; Heart Rate; Laparoscopy; Postoperative Pain; Respiration

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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