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Exit Music: The Experience of Music Therapy within Medical Assistance in Dying

by 1,2,*, 3 and 1,4
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Department of Supportive Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, ON M5G2M9, Canada
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Kensington Hospice, Kensington Health, Toronto, ON M5S2L1, Canada
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Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S2C5, Canada
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Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S1A8, Canada
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Healthcare 2020, 8(3), 331; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030331
Received: 16 August 2020 / Revised: 2 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 September 2020 / Published: 10 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Expanding Scope of Music in Healthcare)
Since the 2015 Canadian legalization of medical assistance in dying (MAiD), many Canadian music therapists have become involved in the care of those requesting this procedure. This qualitative study, the first of its kind, examines the experience of music therapy within MAiD, exploring lived experience from three perspectives: the patient, their primary caregiver, and the music therapist/researcher. Overall thematic findings of a hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of ten MAiD cases demonstrate therapeutically beneficial outcomes in terms of quality of life, symptom management, and life review. Further research is merited to continue an exploration of the role of music therapy in the context of assisted dying. View Full-Text
Keywords: music therapy; assisted dying; end of life; MAiD; palliative care; phenomenology; qualitative music therapy; assisted dying; end of life; MAiD; palliative care; phenomenology; qualitative
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Black, S.; Bartel, L.; Rodin, G. Exit Music: The Experience of Music Therapy within Medical Assistance in Dying. Healthcare 2020, 8, 331. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030331

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Black S, Bartel L, Rodin G. Exit Music: The Experience of Music Therapy within Medical Assistance in Dying. Healthcare. 2020; 8(3):331. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030331

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Black, SarahRose; Bartel, Lee; Rodin, Gary. 2020. "Exit Music: The Experience of Music Therapy within Medical Assistance in Dying" Healthcare 8, no. 3: 331. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030331

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