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An Explorative Study of Qualities in Interactive Processes with Children and Their Parents in Music Therapy during and after Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital-Huddinge, SE 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden
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Cell Therapy and Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, Karolinska University Hospital-Huddinge, SE 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, SE 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
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Psychotherapy, Supervision and Consultation in Private Practice, Mentibus AB, Mössebergsvägen 32, SE 167 43 Bromma, Sweden
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Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vaenge 15, DK-2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark
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Samklang Konsult, Garvargatan 17, SE 112 21 Stockholm, Sweden
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Medicines 2019, 6(1), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicines6010028
Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 18 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music Therapy)
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Abstract

Background: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an established treatment for severe disorders of the pediatric hematopoietic system. However, there is a need for supportive interventions due to physiological and psychological strain. Music therapy is used in health care to help patients through difficult experiences and enable well-being. Our previous randomized studies showed significantly reduced heart rates four to eight hours after intervention as well as increased health-related quality of life. Methods: The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the participants’ and parents’ own experiences of the interactive processes during the music therapy intervention. Six families were included. The data collection used collaborative research interviews. An independent psychologist facilitated the interviews with the children, the parents, and the music therapist and also performed the analysis. Results: Three main themes emerged: experiences of competency and recognition of self, interactive affect regulation as change potential, and importance of the therapeutic relationship. Conclusions: For the participants, music therapy developed into a significant and helpful experience, an important ingredient in coping with and managing the treatment period at the hospital. View Full-Text
Keywords: music therapy; children; pediatric; families; hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; cancer; collaborative research interview music therapy; children; pediatric; families; hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; cancer; collaborative research interview
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Uggla, L.; Mårtenson Blom, K.; Bonde, L.O.; Gustafsson, B.; Wrangsjö, B. An Explorative Study of Qualities in Interactive Processes with Children and Their Parents in Music Therapy during and after Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Medicines 2019, 6, 28.

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