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In the August issue Dawn Brittain and Melvyn Jones investigated if music in the waiting room could be accepted by patients and staff.1 Discussing their research, they found debatable results, with a majority of patients in favour of music (mainly classical). There was no significant effect on patients' anxiety and health status.
I would like to highlight the relaxing side of music and analyse the effects of different kinds of music, depending on what we would like (or need) to achieve.
In this context, I thought about the use of music in my many years in practice and I realised that Mozart's music, and more specifically the piano concertos, are the best in my experience.
I find that Mozart's music can reduce the stress and tension in a busy and hectic general practice. I presented this theme in Zurich during an EQuiP meeting in October 1997 and again at the WONCA Congress in Palma de Mallorca in 1999.
For years I have used this music as light company in my waiting room and reiterate that the piano concertos are the best as they are smooth, without rapid changes of rhythm and sound, and with greater continuity.
The effects on patients are always very welcome; creating a relaxed environment and breaking any tension.