Dr. Dan Rudin from Statin Island University Hospital in New York looked at past studies and concluded it’s a “safe and cost-effective measure not to be overlooked.”

First, the details.

  • The author re-analyzed the data (meta-analysis) on 641 patients receiving various visual examinations of the GI tract.
  • Some received music therapy and others didn’t.

And, the results.

  • When used alone for relaxation and pain control, music therapy significantly lowered anxiety levels.
  • When combined with drugs there were beneficial effects on analgesic drug and sedation requirements and procedure duration times.

The bottom line?
Sounds good. But the source of this information is a letter to the editor in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. As such, it’s not possible to find more details about the study or the results.

However, in the past 2 months there have been other positive reports with music therapy.

  • People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • For end of life care
  • During casting of broken bones
  • For quality of life in people with HIV
  • Recovery from total knee replacement

And of course, my personal favorite: Tooth Tunes.

1/16/08 19:49 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.