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Practices and Perspectives of Music Therapists Working With Infants in Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units


Practices and Perspectives of Music Therapists Working With Infants in Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Hastings, Laura (2019) Practices and Perspectives of Music Therapists Working With Infants in Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This qualitative descriptive research investigated the current practices and perspectives of certified music therapists (MTA) working in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Canadian hospitals. The Canadian context is important to consider because of this country’s unique healthcare landscape, and because the use of NICU music therapy in Canada is relatively new. Three individual interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed according to qualitative content analysis procedures. Results include nine overarching categories containing multiple themes. These categories include: weekly workload, referrals, assessment, evaluation, music therapy interventions, challenges of the job, rewards of the job, evolution of NICU music therapy practices, and recommendations for advancing Canadian music therapy practices. Implications for the music therapy profession, practice and continuing education, as well as implications for Canadian hospitals and recommendations for research are presented. Limitations of the study are identified. It is the researcher’s hope that this study will help to promote the development of Canadian NICU music therapy programs, thus increasing Canadians’ access to this type of innovative service.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hastings, Laura
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy)
Date:September 2019
Thesis Supervisor(s):Young, Laurel
Keywords:NICU Canada Music Therapy Premature Infant Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
ID Code:985913
Deposited By: Laura Hastings
Deposited On:15 Nov 2019 15:24
Last Modified:15 Nov 2019 15:24


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