Special Issue "Music Therapy"
A special issue of Medicines (ISSN 2305-6320).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
Interests: music therapy in integrative medicine/health; stress and pain management; oncology; cardiology
According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy refers to the “clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program”. In the medical setting, music therapists serve people who are coping with pain, anxiety, unpleasant symptoms, challenges due to hospitalization, compliance with uncomfortable procedures and treatments, and the distress associated with functional limitations and illness. Currently, as complementary and integrative medicine and health are partnering with conventional practices to provide more holistic approaches to the alleviation of suffering, music therapy is contributing creative interventions for overall wellness and wellbeing.
Research on music therapy in medicine has focused primarily on clinical outcomes and neurological underpinnings of music-based strategies. Promising evidence on pain and stress management supports the effectiveness of music therapy for individuals undergoing surgery or painful procedures, and dealing with a variety of chronic conditions. Yet much of the published literature fails to discriminate between music listening and musical activities conducted by non-music therapists, as opposed to systematic, individualized music therapy by a qualified professional. This Special Issue on “Music Therapy” seeks scientific reports, clinical trials, descriptive/case studies, and systematic reviews of music therapy by trained music therapists in medical settings. Additionally of interest are clinical practice theses, innovative music therapy protocols, and theoretical formulations of potential mechanisms.
Prof. Dr. Suzanne Hanser
Manuscript Submission Information
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- music therapy
- music medicine
- symptom management
- integrative medicine
- integrative health