Intervent. with Music in Pect. Excav. Treatment

Ryan Billar

From the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, a multicenter randomized controlled trial was initiated by physician-researcher Ryan Billar.

Interventions with music around pectus excavatum

This study will investigate the effects of listening to a recorded music intervention prior, during and after surgical pectus excavatum treatment. Multiple studies have found music interventions may reduce post-operative pain, anxiety and distress in patients undergoing a surgical procedure. Since surgical pectus excavatum treatment is a highly painful as well as distressing procedure, this durable non-toxic method could be a welcome intervention. In this study, we will investigate the hypothesis that music interventions prior, during and after pectus excavatum surgery will result in less postoperative pain and distress.

The main objective of this study is to investigate the role of recorded music prior, during and after surgery as an additive treatment modality in reducing the level of pain. Secondary objectives are effects of music on the use of analgesics, on anxiety and distress, vital parameters, minor postoperative complications, quality of life and cost-effectiveness.

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Pectus excavatum

The study examines the effect of music on pain and anxiety surrounding surgery in adolescents with ectus excavatum, or funnel chest.