Music has been utilized as a therapeutic tool during colonoscopy, but various randomized controlled trials have been inconsistent.
Dr Matthew Bechtold and colleagues from Missouri, USA conducted a meta-analysis to analyze the effect of music on patients undergoing colonoscopy.
Multiple medical databases were searched.
Only randomized controlled trials on adult subjects that compared music versus no music during colonoscopy were included.
Meta-analysis was analyzed for total procedure time, dose of sedative medications, and patients’ pain scores, experience, and willingness to repeat the same procedure in the future.
|Patients’ overall experience scores were improved with music|
|Digestive Diseases & Sciences|
The research team identified 8 studies involving 712 that met the inclusion criteria.
The team noted that patients’ overall experience scores were significantly improved with music.
No significant differences were noted for patients’ pain scores, mean doses of midazolam, mean doses of meperidine, procedure times, and willingness to repeat the same procedure in future.
Dr Bechtold’s team concludes, “Music improves patients’ overall experience with colonoscopy.”