Changing the Tune: Post-operative Readmission and Music as Perioperative Therapy


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Amol, general internal medicine resident at the University of Toronto, and Nathan, general surgery resident at the University of Toronto, discuss 2 recent studies:

Does it matter which hospital patients return to after surgery? A large retrospective cohort study showed that when post-operative patients are re-admitted to the same hospital where they had their surgery, 90 day mortality drops by 26%. Nathan proposes some interesting health system level interventions.

Music is not only good for the soul, it’s good for surgical recovery too! A systematic review and meta-analysis looked at 73 Randomized Control Trials, and found that music is beneficial when delivered to patients perioperatively. Maybe it’s time that we systematically provide music to all our patients?

Stay tuned next week for a discussion of the landmark SPRINT study on intensive blood pressure management! Follow us on Twitter @roundstable.

The papers

1. Post-surgery readmission destination: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60087-3/abstract

2. Music as perioperative therapy: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60169-6/abstract

Good Stuff

Music Credits (Creative Commons)

In your Robotic Heart – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/in-your-robotic-heart

Drive – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/drive-fresh-upbeat-pop-background-music

Swingin’ Jazz – Nicolai Heidlas ‎https://m.soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/jazz-blues-background-music

All tracks have been modified for the purposes of this podcast.

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