Effect on music therapy on quality of recovery and postoperative pain after gynecological laparoscopy






BACKGROUND: Music therapy is safe, inexpensive, simple, and has relaxing properties for mental and physical capacities, as well as few side effects. Moreover, it improves patient satisfaction and reduces postoperative pain. Thus, we intended to evaluate the effect of music intervention on the quality of comprehensive recovery using quality of recovery 40 (QoR-40) survey in patients undergoing gynecological laparoscopic surgery. METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to music intervention group or control group: 41 patients each. After anesthetic induction, headphones were placed on the patients, and then classical music selected by an investigator was started in the music group with individual comfortable volume during surgery, while the player was not started in the control group. On postoperatively 1 day, the QoR-40 (5 categories: emotions, pain, physical comfort, support, and independence) survey was evaluated, while postoperative pain, nausea, and vomiting were assessed at 30 minutes and 3, 24, and 36 hours postoperatively. RESULTS: Total QoR-40 score was statistically better in the music group, and among the 5 categories, the music group had a higher pain category score than the control group. The postoperative pain score was significantly lower in the music group at 36 hours postoperatively, although the requirement for rescue analgesics was similar in both groups. The incidence of postoperative nausea did not differ at any time point. CONCLUSION: Intraoperative music intervention enhanced postoperative functional recovery and reduced postoperative pain in patients who underwent laparoscopic gynecological surgery.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Pain; Postoperative Pain; Invasive Medical Procedures; Anesthetic Intake; Nausea; Recovery Time; Subjective Measures; Hospital Setting; Music Medicine; Music Listening; Recorded Music Listening

Indexed Terms

Postoperative Pain; Laparoscopy; Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

Study Type

Randomized Controlled Trial; Quantitative Methods

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