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 and 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: 556-560. doi:10.1177/1039856215592320


Author Patterson, Sue
Duhig, Michael
Darbyshire, Chris
Counsel, Robin
Higgins, Niall
Williams, Ian
Title Implementing music therapy on an adolescent inpatient unit: a mixed-methods evaluation of acceptability, experience of participation and perceived impact
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2015-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856215592320
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 556
End page 560
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Music therapy
Adolescent
Inpatient
Mixed-methods
Psychiatry
Mental health
Randomized controlled-trial
Framework
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
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