Implementing music therapy on an adolescent inpatient unit: A mixed-methods evaluation of acceptability, experience of participation and perceived impact

Patterson, Sue, Duhig, Michael, Darbyshire, Chris, Counsel, Robin, Higgins, Niall, & Williams, Ian (2015) Implementing music therapy on an adolescent inpatient unit: A mixed-methods evaluation of acceptability, experience of participation and perceived impact. Australasian Psychiatry, 23(5), pp. 556-560.

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Objective: We aimed to assess the feasibility of delivering a music therapy program on adolescent psychiatric wards.

Method: We undertook a mixed-methods evaluation of a pilot program. Various active and receptive techniques were employed in group music therapy sessions delivered as part of a structured clinical program. Data collected in interviews with participants and staff and feedback questionnaires were thematically and descriptively analysed and triangulated.

Results: Data from 62 questionnaires returned by 43 patients who took part in 16 music therapy sessions, and seven staff, evidenced strong support for music therapy. Patients typically reported experiencing sessions as relaxing, comforting, uplifting, and empowering; >90% would participate by choice and use music therapeutically in the future. Staff endorsed music therapy as valuable therapeutically, reporting that patients engaged enthusiastically and identified sessions as improving their own moods and ward milieu.

Conclusions: Integration of music therapy in inpatient treatment of adolescents is feasible and acceptable, and is valued by staff and patients as a complement to ‘talking therapies’. Participation is enjoyed and associated with outcomes including improvement in mood, expression of feelings and social engagement consistent with recovery.

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ID Code: 91653
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: music therapy, inpatient, adolescent, mixed-methods, psychiatry, mental health
DOI: 10.1177/1039856215592320
ISSN: 1440-1665
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2016 23:12
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2016 22:54

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