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Muscle Nerve. 2014 Sep;50(3):445-7. doi: 10.1002/mus.24291. Epub 2014 Aug 5.

Listening to music during electromyography does not influence the examinee's anxiety and pain levels.

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  • 1Department of Neurology and the Neuromuscular Service, Tel-Aviv Medical Center, 6 Weizmann Street, Tel-Aviv, 6423906, Israel; Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Listening to music is a low-cost intervention that has demonstrated ability to reduce pain and anxiety levels in various medical procedures.

METHODS:

Subjects undergoing electrophysiological examinations were randomized into a music-listening group and a control group. Visual analog scales were used to measure anxiety and pain levels during the procedure.

RESULTS:

Thirty subjects were randomized to each group. No statistically significant difference was found in anxiety or pain levels during the procedure between groups. However, most subjects in the music-listening group reported anxiety and pain reduction and would prefer to hear music in a future examination.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although listening to music during electrophysiological examinations did not reduce anxiety or pain significantly, most subjects felt a positive effect and would prefer to hear music; therefore, we suggest that music may be offered optionally in the electromyography laboratory setting.

© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; electrodiagnosis; electromyography; integrative medicine; music; pain

PMID:
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