It may often be referred to as patient entertainment, but the benefit of patient access to movies, games and music goes beyond keeping the patient occupied and entertained. The use of these features can help the patient manage their pain, improve perceived wait times, and impact the overall patient experience. In a randomized, controlled study on using music and distraction techniques to control patient pain and anxiety, researchers found that distractions, including music, have many benefits. Positive distractions not only limit the patient’s attention available for pain, but it may also influence pain by altering emotions, thoughts, and moods and by stimulating relaxation.*
“We are seeing an increasing trend with our partnering healthcare facilities leveraging distraction content as part of their pain management strategies. Managing the patient’s pain during their stay has significant implications on patient recovery and outcomes, an interactive system is one way that pain management can be addressed throughout the care continuum,” quoted Austin Winberg, Director, Clinical Engagement & Outcomes with SONIFI Health.
As hospitals look for innovative ways to manage patient pain, the ability to empower patients in their own care is a solution that demonstrates benefits throughout the patient stay and during their transition of care. As clinical evidence suggests, leveraging positive distractions and an interactive platform should be a factor that all hospitals and clinics consider as part of their pain management strategy.
*Kwekkeboom, KL. Music Versus Distraction for Procedural Pain and Anxiety in Patients With Cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2003; 30(3): 433-40