Should doctors listen to music while operating on patients?

19 March 2013 / 3 years 7 months ago

In last year’s smash hit TV series “Best Love,‘ the lead actor confirmed his love for a woman by recalling the melody he had heard during his surgery. A very romantic scene to watch, for sure. However, if it were your operation, would you allow your surgeon to enjoy listening to music while doing a very delicate operation?It’d be better to let them enjoy the music, as one recent study revealed that listening or humming to one’s favorite music helps doctors to work more effectively, the Korea Herald reported.The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the professionals who listened to music they like were more relaxed at the operating table. The paper said music vitalizes and prevents surgeons from making mistakes while doing repetitive work -- such as stitching wounds.Not all doctors agree, however, that playing music boosts their concentration. One survey of anesthesiologists said 25 percent of the respondents think playing music “reduced their vigilance and impaired their communication with other staff.‘ More than half answered that music distracts them when they are dealing with anesthetics. According to a 2010 study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, absorbing and remembering new information is best done with music off. On the other hand, doing the opposite is better during a mundane and repetitive task.

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