The effect of music on postoperative recovery in older patients: a systematic review

Hanneke van der Wal-Huisman, Karolien Dons, Rineke Smilde, Erik Heineman, Barbara van Leeuwen

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Surgery is an important part of the treatment modalities offered to older patients with cancer. Natural ageing processes lead to deterioration of organ function, making older patients more vulnerable and at risk for experiencing less-favourable outcomes and complications after surgery. Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as music, may be preferable to medical interventions in older people, who are at risk for adverse effects and drug interactions due to altered physiology and drug metabolism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of geriatric oncology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018



  • elderly
  • music
  • surgery
  • theoretical models
  • postoperative outcomes

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