Clinical Study on Music Therapy.
What is the effect brought about by music therapy on the level of pain experienced by post-operative patients within the first two hours post-surgery in comparison to the administered medication?
The above question aims to elicit significant information that would give a replacement to the increased use of opioids and other strong analgesics after surgery. These drugs such as morphine, pethidine, and dihydrocodeine when used, their side effects are intense besides having the ability to create addiction and tolerance amount the users (Nielsen et al., 2015). Some patients are allergic to the drugs putting them at a risk of anaphylactic reaction. Some of the drugs are metabolized by either the liver or the kidney yet the operation may have involved such organs hence requiring functional rest.
With the above impacts of drugs, alternative methods turned to be of need to act as either adjuvants or even total replacement to the analgesic medication provided after surgery. Music therapy is one of the non-pharmacological pain management techniques that applies to different people since each person has his or her taste. Preferred music impacts pain control by diverting the attention of the patient so that instead of concentrating on pain which even intensifies the pain, he or she follows unto the music and feels relaxed and kept off pain (Sin and Chow, 2015). Besides, some of the pain may be psychologically based on the fact they went for surgery and pain is expected. Such pain can be done away with psychologically via psychotherapy music being one of them.
To get down in looking for feedback to the clinical question, the study needs to be part of the post-anesthetic care with data collected during the time. Variety of music must be available to meet the needs of various patients. The pain level must also be assessed continuously to determine any variation. At the same time, control trial can be done by giving part of the participants medication while others exposed to music. The sample population can encompass any patient who has undergone surgery.
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