Maximizing Referrals And Acceptance Of Medical Music Therapy: A Sequential-Explanatory Mixed Methods Study

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clayton J. Cooke (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Christine P. Leist, PhD, MT-BC

Abstract: This study sought to explore music therapists’ experiences of receiving referrals and acceptance or declination of services and elaborate on their experiences with improving referral quantity and quality and increasing acceptance of services in medical settings. The researcher invited 8,240 music therapists to participate in an online survey to provide a baseline for medical music therapists’ experiences with referrals and service acceptance. Eligibility for participation was determined through the survey and included only credentialed music therapists with at least one year of experience working in a medical setting within the last 10 years. Responses were returned by 163 eligible participants. Four survey respondents were selected for participation in individual follow-up interviews to further describe their experiences and to provide suggestions to improve referrals and increase acceptance of medical music therapy services. The researcher integrated the findings to explain the common experiences of medical music therapist with referrals and service acceptance and their recommendations for other music therapists practicing in medical settings. Results of this study indicated a number of methods for improving other healthcare professionals’, patients’, and families’ understandings of and experiences with medical music therapy to increase referral quantity and quality and patient acceptance of services.

Additional Information

Cooke, C. (2020). Maximizing Referrals And Acceptance Of Medical Music Therapy: A Sequential-Explanatory Mixed Methods Study. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
Medical music therapy, Music therapy referrals, Patient acceptance and declination, Perceptions of music therapy, Mixed-methods

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