A synopsis of the MusiQual feasibility study into the effectiveness of music therapy in palliative care inpatient settings

Jenny Kirkwood, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Tracey McConnell, Sam Porter, Joanne Reid

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The research team involved in conducting the MusiQual study – carried out in Belfast, Northern Ireland by Queen’s University Belfast, Every Day Harmony Music Therapy, and Marie Curie Northern Ireland – aimed to ascertain the feasibility of carrying out a larger multicentre trial into the effectiveness of music therapy in improving the quality of life of palliative care inpatients. This synoptic paper summarises a number of publications which resulted from developing and implementing the MusiQual study. Those publications include the main findings paper (Porter et al., 2018) and a number of supplementary publications: a systematic review of the literature (McConnell et al., 2016a), a realist review of the literature (McConnell & Porter, 2016), a critical realist evaluation (Porter et al., 2017a), an outline of the theoretical model which resulted from the realist review of the literature (McConnell & Porter, 2016), and the treatment manual for music therapy in palliative care drafted for use in the potential multicentre trial and recently published (Kirkwood et al., 2019). The purpose of this synopsis is to consolidate information in one single, accessible place in order to advance knowledge in this area of work and support the evidence-informed practice of music therapists and others in this field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApproaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy
Early online date04 Jan 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 04 Jan 2020

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Feasibility Studies
Palliative Care
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Inpatients
Northern Ireland
Multicenter Studies
Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Music
Theoretical Models
Quality of Life
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Therapeutics

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