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September 2019

The use of music therapy with pediatric patients undergoing cardiac catheterization

Journal/Book: Arts in Psychotherapy. 1984; 11: 261-266.

Abstract: Implemented a music therapy technique with children, aged 2-16 yrs, who were hospitalized for cardiac catheterization in an inner-city hospital. On the evening prior to the catheterization, each S was visited by the music therapist and was assisted in writing a song about the Ss' favorite animal. Through the song-writing process, Ss were assisted in working through their own hospitalization process. During the actual catheterization process various types of music were played for Ss to listen to. Comments of the Ss and their parents and the results of a questionnaire that was administered to the catheterization staff upon termination of the music therapy program in the laboratory were evaluated. Results indicate that the use of music as a nonthreatening and relaxing supportive aid may be of value in preparing pediatric patients for catheterization as well as during the catheterization itself. (14 ref)

Note: music therapy; 2 16 yr olds hospitalized for cardiac catheterization

Keyword(s): Music therapy; hospitalized patients; catheterization ; heart disorders; preschool age children; school age children; childhood ; adolescence

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