Music Listening to Lower Anxiety During ECT Treatment.

  • End date
    Dec 29, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Aalborg University
Updated on 29 July 2021


The purpose of this study is to assess whether music listening is helpful in lowering anxiety in patients about to start their ECT treatment.


In-patients at a psychiatric hospital referred to ECT treatment, is offered to participate in the study investigating whether listening to expert-curated playlists before-, during and after ECT treatment is helpful as a non-pharmacological intervention in lowering patients anxiety.

After written informed consent, participants will be randomised into two groups, one listening to playlists with music, one listening to sounds from nature (e.g. rain, ocean waves). Playlists will be administered by tablet+earphones in the waiting room, tablet+speaker in the room of procedure and tablet+bedside speaker in the recovery room.

Condition ANXIETY NEUROSIS, anxiety state, state anxiety
Treatment Listening to playlists with music prior to-, during and after the ECT procedure, Listening to playlists with sound from nature (rain, waves) prior to-, during and after the ECT procedure
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04706728
SponsorAalborg University
Last Modified on29 July 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Capable in-patients of age at Aalborg University Hospital, Psychiatry - departments S7
S8, diagnosed with unipolar depression, referred to ECT treatment
patients assessed to fit the study, by the head of departments S7 & S8
Voluntary participation in the study after written informed consent
Patients can withdraw their consent at any point during the treatment trajectory

Exclusion Criteria

Patients not compliant with the study, as assessed by head of departments
Non-capable patients
Patients who withdraw their written informed consent
Patients using hearing aid
Patients with former ECT treatment experience
Patients who receive acute ECT Treatment
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