The effect of music on preoperative anxiety in day surgery

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Title The effect of music on preoperative anxiety in day surgery
Author Cooke, Marie; Chaboyer, Wendy; Schluter, Philip; Hiratos, Mary Anne
Journal Name Journal of Advanced Nursing
Editor Alison Tierney
Year Published 2005
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell publishing
Abstract Aim. This paper reports a study to test the hypothesis that day surgery patients who listen to music during their preoperative wait will have statistically significantly lower levels of anxiety than patients who receive routine care. Background. Although previous day surgery research suggests that music effectively reduces preoperative anxiety, methodological issues limit the generalizability of results. Methods. In early 2004, a randomized controlled trial design was conducted to assess anxiety before and after listening to patient preferred music. Participants were allocated to an intervention (n = 60), placebo (n = 60) or control group (n = 60). Pre- and post-test measures of anxiety were carried out using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Results. Music statistically significantly reduced the state anxiety level of the music (intervention) group. No relationships were found between socio-demographic or clinical variables such as gender or type of surgery. Conclusion. The findings support the use of music as an independent nursing intervention for preoperative anxiety in patients having day surgery.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 52
Issue Number 1
Page from 47
Page to 55
ISSN 0309-2402
Date Accessioned 2005-10-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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