TORONTO - It appears music can be medicinal.
A new Canadian study suggests that music can help distract children who are about to undergo painful procedures in a hospital emergency room setting.
The work found that children experienced less distress and pain while having an intravenous line inserted if music was playing in the treatment room. And health-care providers reported they found it easier to set up the IV line when their young charges were distracted by tunes.
"I would hope that people continue to use and investigate music as one means of helping children handle painful and distressing procedures," said lead author Lisa Hartling, who is director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence at the University of Alberta.
The work was published Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics.