Musicapp set to revolutionize the NHS
May, 17 2021
You’ve probably been familiar with pets such as dogs being able to visit patients in hospital to help them relax but a new trial in Hull is designing a music app which allows both patients and staff to reduce stress.
MediBeat analyses information about users, such as age, gender and ethnicity, to select songs to alleviate anxiety. Researchers discovered that it has helped lower one dementia patient's heart rate by 22%.
The app creates personal play lists especially made to promote relaxation through hormones like dopamine and oxytocin. Created by Hull-based company MediMusic, the app is currently being tested at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr. Jacqueline Twamley from the Centre for Health Research and Innovation in Lancashire expressed the how the trial is going,
“Using music as medicine could revolutionise the treatment of some conditions. The initial results had been very impressive. The use of the MediMusic service saw a reduction in pre/post heart rate. At the end of the playlist, agitation did not resume for about an hour afterwards”.
The app is being trialled on 40 NHS staff who had worked in critical care during the pandemic.
Gary Jones, CEO and co-founder of MediMusic, reveals the positive effect so far,
"Our initial clinical trials using MediMusic shows it has a very encouraging future in the treatment of patients. Now we want to see if we can help NHS staff combat work stress."
Doctors are trialling a music app which creates personalised playlists to help patients and hospital staff relax.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger