Does Triggering an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response Reduce Pre-Operative Anxiety? A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial

Does Triggering an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response Reduce Pre-Operative Anxiety? A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial

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The study is well designed and executed. The Methods and Results are adequately described. The study is well supported with briefly explained tables. The Discussion offers a thorough and detailed analysis of the findings of the present study taking all the relevant literature into account. The study Discusses that the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) experience is quite personal, and its effects vary depending on the individual as the same piece of multimedia might cause a wide range of different responses depending on the individual. The Results of the study are conflicting and do not confirm an anxiolytic effect of ASMR. The Conclusion is consistent with the evidences presented in the article and states that future studies can investigate these effects in a clinical setting with physiological outcome measures, exploring the potential use of ASMR in healthcare.



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Further comments on the paper

Comments: This randomized placebo-controlled trial study aims to investigate the effects of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) in the pre-operative patient population. The study holds significance as this is the first study to explore the effects of ASMR on pre-operative anxiety. The autonomous sensory meridian response is an increasingly popular method of relaxation used for anxiety reduction in general society, however, it has not been researched in a pre-operative setting. Pre-operative anxiety is prevalent and associated with adverse patient outcomes. The unknown prevalence of ASMR responsiveness with estimates varying from 5% to over 50% comes out as one of the limitations of the study.


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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Kirsten R Carlaw
Sydney Medical Program, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Article Info

Article Type
Research Article
Publication history
Received: Tue 11, Jan 2022
Accepted: Wed 26, Jan 2022
Published: Mon 14, Feb 2022
© 2023 Kirsten R Carlaw. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.ACR.2022.01.02