Friday, 14 August 2015

More on music in the operating theatre

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Our recently published article by Weldon et al. (2015) titled: 'Music and communication in the
operating theatre' which features in the previous JAN interactive entry has certainly 'got legs'. Today the altmetrics exceeded 200 and that is in less than one week since publication.

The article featured on the flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Today and this is presented in a podcast. In addition, the first author, Sharon-Marie Weldon, was interviewed on BBC World News.

The issue continues to attract interest and the JAN paper was juxtaposed against a Lancet article this week which reported how soothing music was for patients. Of course, this is all good material for the press as they like the debate and outside of the scientific arena a London based surgeon, Alex Chung, wrote a column in The Daily Telegraph of 14 August 2015 where he took a sarcastic angle on the JAN article and made it clear - revealing his arrogance in the process - that in the operating theatre his 'choices ruled'. He must be a real pleasure to work with!

What are your views on music in the operating theatre? Post them here, write an entry or Tweet us and remember to include the link to the article by Weldon et al. (2015).


Weldon. S-M., Korkiakangas. T., Bezemer, J. and Kneebone. R. (2015) Music and communication in the operating theatre. Journal of Advanced Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jan.12744

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