Music therapy for supporting informal carers of individuals with life-threatening illness pre- and post-bereavement; A mixed-methods systematic review

Lisa Graham-Wisener*, Noah Potvin, Jenny Kirkwood, Daniel Thomas, Audrey Roulston, Margaret Anderson, Tracey McConnell

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: This systematic review will be the first to synthesise and critically evaluate the current state of the evidence-base for music therapy intervention with adult informal carers of individuals with life-threatening illness at pre- and post-bereavement. The objectives of this review are to describe the characteristics, effectiveness and experience of music therapy intervention which aims to improve health-related outcomes addressing whole person health for adult informal carers (pre- and post-bereavement).

Introduction: Music therapy intervention with informal carers of individuals with life-threatening illness at pre- and post-bereavement is an increasingly important clinical area for music therapists. There is, however, uncertainty about music therapy’s effectiveness in this context, the mechanisms through which music therapy may influence outcomes, and how music therapy is experienced by adult informal carers.

Inclusion criteria: The review will consider quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methodologies which are empirical studies of music therapy intervention aiming to improve health-related outcomes for adult informal carers of adults with a life-threatening illness approaching end of life, or bereaved carers. The qualitative component will consider studies that explore the experience of music therapy intervention for adult informal carers (pre- and post-bereavement).

Methods: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, CENTRAL and CINAHL will be searched, with no restriction on publication year. Both quantitative and qualitative studies will be screened for inclusion and critically appraised for methodological quality and both types of data extracted using JBI tools for mixed-methods systematic reviews by two independent authors. A convergent segregated approach to synthesis and integration will be used. The findings of the synthesis will be configured according to JBI methodology.
Original languageEnglish
TypeSystematic Review Protocol
Media of outputPROSPERO Online Database
PublisherPROSPERO
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Bereavement; Music therapy; End of Life Care; Carer; Grief.

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