Cancer patients' interest and preferences for music therapy

Debra S. Burns, Renata B. Sledge, Leigh Ann Fuller, Joanne K. Daggy, Patrick O. Monahan

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Abstract

The reason for lack of routine integration of music therapy into healthcare may be that patients are not comfortable being involved in a music therapy intervention. Therefore, the goal of this study was to examine cancer patients' interest in and preferences for using 2 types of music therapy interventions, music-making and music listening. Sixty-five patients completed the Music Interest Survey in addition to standardized measures of coping, affect, anxiety, and fatigue. Results suggest adult cancer patients are interested in music therapy, especially music listening. Patient interest and preference were associated with negative affect, anxiety, age, perceived intervention-specific benefits, barriers, and self-efficacy. Findings highlight the need for a comprehensive assessment of patient needs and preferences prior to intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-199
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Music Therapy
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Music

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