Studies have reported that music improves patient comfort in a preoperative setting.
However, the effect of music has seldom been assessed during gastrointestinal endoscopy.
In this study, a team of researchers from Sweden evaluated whether background music influenced the perception of both the patients and examiners involved in GI endoscopy.
The team included 301 patients who were undergoing EGD or colonoscopy in the study.
Approximately 50% of procedures were performed with music, and 50% without.
|83% of patients expressed a preference for music during future examinations.|
Following the procedure, patients, nurses, and endoscopists completed questionnaires.
The research team found that examination tolerance, pain, and perception of the endoscopy room ambiance were similar in both groups.
However, 83% of patients expressed a preference for music during any future endoscopic examination. No patients found that the music was disturbing.
Of 151 examinations, physicians reported that the music was unpleasant in 9%, while nurses found it unpleasant in 7%.
Dr Janek Binek's team concluded, "Music has little influence on patients' experience of gastrointestinal endoscopy".
"Nevertheless, the majority of patients felt music to be helpful and expressed a preference for music during any future examination".
"This positive attitude to music of patients is in contrast with the assessment of some endoscopists and nurses".