What clinical research shows about music with surgery

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Have you wondered about the clinical research behind our concept for music with surgery?  There are few other musicians, scientists, or music therapists seriously investigating the benefits of music for the patient, through headphones, during surgery.  And yet, there is quite a bit of research out there that shows over and over, that the benefits of less anxiety and less pain perception are there!!

In the mid-1990’s, when I first became aware of the early research, there were not that many studies, but many surgeons, and anesthesiologists knew intuitively, that music was an easy and powerful way to relax the patient and reduce the amount of medications needed.  But soon, this got to be kind of “hijacked” to make the music more for the surgeon.  Today we know that it’s actually important for both the patient and the surgeon to have their own “best” music.  The focus of Surgical Serenity Solutions has always been on music for the patient!!

For that reason, I want to offer you this month, the PDF of music and surgery research studies that I’ve put together for people preparing to have surgery, and their doctors and families!  This PDF has 15 of the most important studies to appear over the past 20 years or so and consists of a summary of the finds, as well as the complete citation if you want to know more!

Even though music and surgery is an ancient concept, the current application of it using cordless, pre-programmed headphones IS new and there are many physicians who don’t realize how many clinical research studies have been done successfully.  This will at least get you started on the road to understanding the viability of using the right music for the patient, and will let your doctor know of the legitimacy of the concept!

To get this free packet of Music and Surgery Research, simply go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com/music-surgery-research, and click on the download button!!  I will be adding to this each time a new study comes out!!  Questions, just post it below and I will answer as soon as possible!!

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About the Author:

Dr. Alice Cash is one of the world’s few clinical musicologists. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, she brings to her work over 40 years of professional experience as a college professor, clinical therapist, solo and chamber music performer and composer.

Since 1990, Dr. Cash has been in the field of Music Medicine and conducted clinical research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, under the guidance of Dr. Joel Elkes, Dr. Leah Dickstein, and Dr. Rif El-Mallakh. Her clinical work at the University of Louisville lead to her career in music medicine.

In addition to her work with the University of Louisville, Dr. Cash lead the development of using music a hospital setting at Baptist East Hospital, Louisvile, KY. She has founded 3 companies: Healing Music Enterprises, Surgical Serenity Solutions and Crescent Hill Counseling.

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