Music improves patient experience during urology procedures
Studies reveal that listening to music during urology procedures can help decrease patient anxiety and pain.
Researchers reviewed 16 studies conducted between 1980 and 2017. 972 patients (50% of study participants) were exposed to music during urology outpatient procedures. The procedures included cystoscopy, shock wave lithotripsy, urodynamic studies, transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy and percutaneous nephrostomy-tube placement.
Overall, the studies revealed that patient experience was improved by listening to music:
- Patients had less pain and anxiety;
- Patients were more satisfied;and
- Patients were more likely to be willing to undergo future urology procedures.
The reviewers noted limitations with the studies, including different approaches to delivering music (headphones versus overhead speakers) and the choice of music.
Also, listening to music may not be practical during procedures in which the physician and patient must communicate, as ambient noise may result in patients missing instructions from the urologist. Music therapy during procedures should be evaluated on an individual basis.
Talk to your urologist about including music during your procedure. You may wish to add your ear buds and iPod to your hospital packing list.
Kyriakides R et al. Effect of Music on Outpatient Urological Procedures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis from the European Association of Urology Section of Uro-Technology. J Urol. 2018 May; 199(5):1319-1327.