Music Decreases Pain, Anxiety During Bone Marrow Biopsy

Both genders experience less pain, anxiety with music; women have higher pain scores than men
By Lindsey Marcellin
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Listening to music during bone marrow biopsy and aspiration can reduce both anxiety and pain intensity during the procedure, according to research published in the June issue of the AORN Journal.

Reza Shabanloei, of the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and colleagues conducted a study of 100 patients undergoing bone marrow biopsy and aspiration who were randomized to either listen to music during the procedure or have no music during the procedure.

The researchers found that anxiety level scores after the procedure showed significant differences, with the experimental group having lower scores than the control group. Pain intensity scores between the two groups were also significantly different, with the music group experiencing less pain. There were no significant differences in anxiety scores by gender, but women did have significantly higher pain scores than men.

"Music therapy is an inexpensive, effective, safe, and noninvasive intervention for patients. We suggest that music can be used to reduce the anxiety and pain of patients who are undergoing bone marrow biopsy and aspiration," the authors write.

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