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Music Therapy Versus Control for Total Knee Arthroplasty

September 9, 2019


Music has been proven therapeutic for patients undergoing surgery. While music therapy has been studied for various surgeries, it has not been conclusively researched for total knee arthroplasties (TKA). Currently, the University of Alabama, Birmingham is hosting a clinical trial that puts the benefits of music therapy in patients receiving THA to the test. 


Study Information

This interventional study will include an “Music Therapy” investigational group and a “No Music Therapy” control group. Patients will be assigned to one of the two groups at random. A State-Trait Anxiety Assessment will be given to patients  before and after surgery to assess mental stress. A baseline cortisone level will be drawn before surgery to be compared to a blood draw after surgery to assess patients physiologic stress.


Inclusion Criteria

  • All sexes, ages 18 and older
  • Patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty under spinal anesthesia
  • Patients classified by the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) class I, II, or III


Exclusion Criteria

  • Any patient not classified as an ASA I, II, or III
  • Patients with hearing impairment, defined by personal endorsement of hearing impairment or use of hearing aids
  • Patients with who cannot receive spinal anesthesia



You may participate in this study at the UAB Highlands Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Adam Sturdivant, MPH at 205-934-4042 or at



This study is sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Promil Kukreja, MD, PhD of the UAB Department of Anesthesiology as the Principal Investigator.

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