Decisions about the future use of music therapy: Products created by palliative care patients

Decisions about the future use of music therapy: Products created by palliative care patients

Abstract

Music therapy sessions sometimes result in the creation of recordings, songs, or other art "products ". In palliative care music therapy, the process of creating such products can further therapeutic goals for the patient and family until the patient's death, and for the family in bereavement. There is scant discussion, however, about whether and how patients are invited to consider the future "life" of tangible products created in music therapy sessions, including beyond their deaths. This article discusses the efficacy and practicalities of therapists helping home-based palliative care patients to make decisions about the future use of such products. The work emerged from the first author's reflections about challenges arising from her work in community palliative care and the analysis of relevant literature. The article includes descriptions of how music therapy products can be used, contextual and legal issues, and suggestions for supporting patients making decisions about their products' future usages, when appropriate. This discussion should be useful for any music therapist wanting to ensure that products, created in their therapeutic relationships, are used appropriately beyond their sessions, if at all.

 

Keywords: products, palliative care, decision-making, ethics


Citation

Baxter, C., & O'Callaghan, C. (2010). Decisions about the future use of music therapy: Products created by palliative care patients. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 21, 2-20.


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Date published: July 2010