Title

Music as an Adjunct to Opioid-Based Analgesia

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology

Date

6-23-2017

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Anesthesia and Analgesia | Emergency Medicine | Health Information Technology | Medical Toxicology | Pain Management | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Therapeutics

Abstract

Epidemic increases in opioid use in the USA and globally highlight the need for effective adjunctive therapies to opioid-based analgesia. Given the shortcomings of behavioral adjuncts to opioid-based pain treatment, an urgent need exists for pain-related behavioral interventions that resonate with broad patient populations, can be delivered confidentially in any environment, and can incorporate new content automatically. Understanding the potential for automated behavioral therapies like music therapy in modulating the experience of pain may unlock methods to transition patients to lower doses of pharmacologic therapy or provide alternatives to opioids during acute exacerbations of pain. This manuscript describes the neurologic mechanism of action, theoretical basis, and potential applications of personalized music as a smartphone-based mHealth intervention for acute and chronic pain management.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J. Med. Toxicol. (2017) 13:249–254. doi: 10.1007/s13181-017-0621-9. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Keywords

Music, Opioids, Pain, mHealth, Behavioral medicine

PubMed ID

28646359