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2020 Jul 08

BMJ Open



Interventions with Music in PECTus excavatum treatment (IMPECT trial): a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial investigating the clinical effects of perioperative music interventions.


Billar RJ, Kühlmann RAY, Schnater MJ, Vlot J, Tomas JJP, Zijp GW, Rad M, de Beer SA, Stevens MF, Poley MJ, van Rosmalen J, Jeekel JF, Wijnen RMH
BMJ Open. 2020 Jul 08; 10(7):e036380.
PMID: 32641330.


Pectus excavatum repair is associated with substantial postoperative pain, despite the use of epidural analgesia and other analgesic regimens. Perioperative recorded music interventions have been shown to alleviate pain and anxiety in adults, but evidence for children and adolescents is still lacking. This study protocol describes a randomised controlled trial that evaluates the effects of recorded music interventions on postoperative pain relief in children and adolescents after pectus excavatum repair.