Episode 224: Journal Club-JMT Volume 52 #3

Journal Club 2016Join Meganne and I as we discuss the Fall 2015 Journal of Music Therapy Volume 52 Number 3. Listen on the player below, or join us live on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 1:30 pm Central time.

The purpose of journal club is to make me read the journals so that I can stay informed about current practice in music therapy, and also to help me understand how to translate research into my practice. This can be tough to do sometimes. I broadcast this so that I have an excuse to talk to Meganne Masko, who helps me see some different perspectives on the research, and so that maybe you can start to understand the research, too. Below are my thoughts about each article. To hear the discussion, click on the player below.

Beck B. D., Hansen, A. M., Gold, C. (2015). Coping with work-related stress through guided imagery and music (GIM): Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Music Therapy, 52(3), 323-352.

I am not a GIM practitioner, so I can’t relate this article to my work directly. However, the literature review provides some great information about stress and other studies on music therapy and stress. Plus the descriptions of stress symptoms are useful. I will use this article to inform my practice when I work with clients dealing with stress or when I am managing my own stress.

Meadows, A., Burns, D. S., & Perkins, S. M. (2015). Measuring supportive music and imagery interventions: The development of the music therapy self-rating scale. Journal of Music Therapy, 52(3), 353-375.

This one, I can relate directly to my practice. I use supportive music and imagery, and there is a concise description of what that means in the literature review, plus a citation for a resource where I can get more detailed information on this technique. The rating scale, which is in Appendix A, is based on Likert scales, and appears easy to use. I could use this with my patients fairly easily, and see if my findings are similar to those found in this study. I can also use this article to inform my practice –providing structure for how I plan sessions with this or similar populations.

Liu, X., Burns, D.S., Hilliard, R.E, Stump, T.E., & Unroe, K.T. (2015). Music therapy clinical practice in hospice: Differences between home and nursing home delivery. Journal of Music Therapy, 52(3), 376-393.

This study gives some of the reasons hospice patients are referred for music therapy and gives 5 categories for why patients are referred and then each category is broken down into 3 or more specific reasons. This would be useful if I were going to propose music therapy to a hospice or if I were working for a hospice and wanted to streamline the referral process. Since I’m not currently working in hospice, I might use the general method for defining the referral reasons in this article to help me define referral reasons in my own setting.

de Bruin, N., Kempster, C., Doucette, A., Doan, J.B., Hu, B., Brown, L.A. (2015). The effects of music salience on the gait performance of young adults. Journal of Music Therapy, 52(3), 394-419.

The researchers found that commercially available music that was familiar and enjoyable to healthy young adults influenced their gait. This is important to show that music selection has a significant effect on outcomes, and that music one typically listens to can be used in gait training, not just music produced specifically for gait training, which may not be preferred by the patient.

Hogan, T.J., Silverman, M.J. (2015). Coping-infused dialogue through patient-preferred live music: A medical music therapy protocol and randomized pilot study for hospitalized organ transplant patients. Journal of Music Therapy, 52(3), 420-436.

This study outlined a protocol for song-selection and dialogue, which is often how music therapy is used in hospitals. I really liked the description of the protocol and I think it could be used with populations other than organ transplants. There is also a participant flow chart, which made it really easy to see the process from recruiting participants to analysis of the data, and allows me to visualize how I might conduct similar research as a clinician.