Research news: May 2012
Results were mixed, but the authors found some evidence that music helps control self reported anxiety and suggest that it’s probably worth a try. While music had no consistent impact on patients’ blood pressure, heart rate, or use of anxiolytics, it also did no harm. The review reported few details about the kind of music that worked best, or how it should be delivered. In 11 trials, music worked no better than a pair of headphones and a blank tape. Perhaps it’s blocking out noise, rather than providing music that helps.
The reviewers found little firm evidence either way on the other environmental interventions, and no studies at all featuring art, gardens, indoor greenery, windows, atria, or ceilings. They included one small trial of floors (carpet v linoleum). It was inconclusive. (From the BMJ 2012;344:e2118)
Arch Intern Med2012;172:494-500
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