Episode 216: Journal Club JMT 52(1)

journal clubDr. Meganne Masko joins me to discuss music therapy research in the Journal of Music Therapy, Spring 2015, Volume 52, Number 1. If you’d like to participate or prepare for Journal Club, read the abstracts of each article prior to the show. We’ll discuss our impressions of the research and how we apply each article to our work as board certified music therapists.

Gooding, L. F. (2015). A Systematic Review of Music-Based Interventions for Procedural Support. Journal of Music Therapy, 52, 1-77.

There were so many limitations to the studies included in this review that it’s difficult to determine how to apply the research in practice. What I took away from this article is that patient choice seems to be important. I plan to attempt to use music the next time my son needs an immunization. I’ve tried in the past and it didn’t go well, but he’s older and more communicative, so I’m going to try again. Wish me luck. Also, I’ll be teaching a class where one of the assignments is to complete a systematic literature review, so this will provide a nice example.

Whipple, C. M., Gfeller, K., Driscoll, V., Oleson, J., McGregor, K. (2015). Do Communication Disorders Extend to Musical Messages? An Answer from Children with Hearing Loss or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Music Therapy, 52, 78-116.

This study was interesting to me. I liked the musical examples, which helped me to understand how the study was conducted. I don’t have much experience with Cochlear Implant, but this study presents good information to consider. I have a lot of experience with Autism. I plan to try some of the methods described in this study with a particular client this semester.

Silverman, M.J. (2015). Effects of Lyric Analysis Interventions on Treatment Motivation in Patients on a Detoxification Unit: A Randomized Effectiveness Study. Journal of Music Therapy, 52, 78-134.

When I worked on a psychiatric unit, I looked for studies like this one. This study describes the method used well enough that I think I can adapt it to use on a psychiatric unit I’ll be working on this year. There is a very clear description of lyric analysis and how it was used to increase motivation for treatment. It will be interesting to try it as a part of a music therapy group. There is also a nice description of the Hello song the researcher used that will be interesting to try out.

Potvin, N., Bradt, J., Kesslick, A. (2015). Expanding Perspectives on Music Therapy for Symptom Management in Cancer Care. Journal of Music Therapy, 52, 135-167.

I’ve supervised students on an infusion unit that sounds similar to the one described in this study, so I was interested in this article. It describes the setting in a way that will help practicum students understand how the unit might work and what issues they might address. I think it’s a little complicated for a student to understand fully, and I disagree that entry level music therapists don’t receive training in managing some of the emotional content that may come up in sessions like this one. I probably didn’t feel as competent when I first graduated, but I think I would have made similar clinical decisions as the music therapist that implemented the study. I also think that the students I am helping to train would be competent in these areas, as well.

Waldon, E. (2015). Music Therapists’ Research Activity and Utilization Barriers: A Survey of the Membership. Journal of Music Therapy, 52, 168-194.

This article seemed very relevant to me as a clinician and as an educator. I like to think Waldon was praising this show specifically (although he didn’t want to name us specifically, so as to not appear biased–ha ha). It brings up some very important points: That clinicians need to have access to the research (start by becoming a member of AMTA); they be able to understand the research (vocabulary and writing style should be accessible); and they need to be taught early how to read and apply the research, even when it may not seem applicable. That’s the main point of doing this show. I wanted to make myself accountable for reading the journals, have someone else to discuss them with so that I’m able to get a different perspective, and figure out how to apply it in my clinical work.

Let me know how many of you are listening, reading the abstracts before or after you listen, and whether you are discussing these shows or articles with anyone else.

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