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Music Therapy and Palliative Care

About the Course:

Evidence about the effectiveness of music therapy for improving the quality of life of palliative care patients is positive but weak in terms of risk of bias. These two articles explain two different studies that were done to address this lack of research. The first study takes a general view of music therapy while the second focuses on a more specific technique called “song of life”.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Music Therapy and Palliative Care created by Professor Sam Porter and Marco Warth, Ph. D in 2019.

Publication Date:

November 27, 2018 and January 30, 2019

Course Material Authors

Professor Sam Porter

Sam Porter is a sociologist by academic training and a nurse by profession. His main areas of interest are palliative and end-of-life care; supportive care for cancer survivors and carers; maternal and child health; the sociology of health professionals; and the use of arts-based therapies. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Marco Warth, Ph. D

Marco Warth has worked at the Institute of Medical Psychology, Universität Heidelberg. Marco does research in Clinical Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine and has had his work published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the aspects and benefits of music therapy.

  2. Acknowledge the limitations of working with this population, and that music therapy programs would ideally happen 3 times per week.

  3. Realize the “Song of Life” SOL study improved existential well-being, and a larger study is forthcoming.

A randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study of music therapy for improving the quality of life of hospice inpatients

Both articles are covered in the exam questions

References begin on page 8.

A randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study of music therapy for improving the quality of life of hospice inpatients

“Song of Life (SOL)” study protocol: a multicenter, randomized trial on the emotional, spiritual, and psychobiological effects of music therapy in palliative care

Both articles are covered in the exam questions

References begin on page 9.

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Course Number 102486
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