The Impact of Music Therapy in the Postoperative Setting on Overall Patient Satisfaction Using Validated Outcome Scores


The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing




PURPOSE: Previous studies have examined music therapy (MT) as a potential modality to relieve negative postoperative symptoms such as pain. This randomized control trial examined the use of MT on patient satisfaction in the postanesthesia care unit. DESIGN: Fifty patients undergoing outpatient orthopaedic surgery were enrolled and randomized into two groups, those receiving MT postoperatively and a control group who did not. METHODS: After hospital discharge, subjects were assessed with two validated outcome measurements for overall patient satisfaction, the visual analog satisfaction scale and the Patient Judgment of Hospital Quality survey. FINDINGS: The results showed no statistically significant differences between the MT and control group on the Patient Judgment of Hospital Quality survey (MT = 3.42, standard therapy = 3.41, P = .94) and the visual analog satisfaction scale (MT = 91.20, standard therapy = 91.65, P = .88). CONCLUSIONS: MT given in the postoperative setting has no impact on overall patient satisfaction.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Music Listening; Music Therapy; Orthopedic Surgery; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Patient Satisfaction; Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU); Postoperative Pain; Postoperative Patients; Questionnaires; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Surgery; Surgical Patients; Visual Analog Scale (VAS)

Indexed Terms

Adolescents; Elderly; Elderly; Ambulatory Surgical Procedures; Orthopedic Procedures; Outcome Assessment, Health Care; Postoperative Pain; Patient Satisfaction; Postoperative Period; Surveys and Questionnaires; Visual Analog Scale; patient satisfaction

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Randomized Controlled Trial

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