Journal article

Effect of music therapy on oncologic staff bystanders: a substantive grounded theory.

Clare O'Callaghan, Lucanne Magill

Palliat Support Care | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Oncologic work can be satisfying but also stressful, as staff support patients and families through harsh treatment effects, uncertain illness trajectories, and occasional death. Although formal support programs are available, no research on the effects of staff witnessing patients' supportive therapies exists. This research examines staff responses to witnessing patient-focused music therapy (MT) programs in two comprehensive cancer centers. METHOD: In Study 1, staff were invited to anonymously complete an open-ended questionnaire asking about the relevance of a music therapy program for patients and visitors (what it does; whether it helps). In Study 2, staff were theoretically ..

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