Providing music therapy to the unconscious child in the paediatric intensive care unit.

Providing music therapy to the unconscious child in the paediatric intensive care unit.

Abstract

This paper describes techniques used in the provision of music therapy to two children in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit during the phase of admission when they were unconscious. The presentation of known songs and adaptations of known songs elicited a range of responses in these children. Further study of the role and effects of music with this patient group is required following positive outcomes for these children receiving music therapy while unconscious in an intensive care unit.

Keywords: Music therapy, paediatric, unconsciousness, intensive care unit, songs


Citation

Kennelly, J & Edwards, J. (1997). Providing music therapy to the unconscious child in the paediatric intensive care unit. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 8, 18-29


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Date published: July 1997