Journal article

Music's Relevance for Children With Cancer: Music Therapists' Qualitative Clinical Data-Mining Research

Clare O'Callaghan, Beth Dun, Annette Baron, Philippa Barry

Social Work in Health Care | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Music is central in most children's lives. Understanding its relevance will advance efficacious pediatric supportive cancer care. Qualitative clinical data-mining uncovered four music therapists' perspectives about music and music therapy's relevance for pediatric oncology patients up to 14 years old. Inductive and comparative thematic analysis was performed on focus group transcripts and qualitative interrater reliability integrated. Music can offer children a safe haven for internalizing a healthy self-image alongside patient identity. Music therapy can calm, relieve distress, promote supportive relationships, enable self-care, and inspire playful creativity, associated with "normalcy" and..

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