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Perspectives on Music Therapy in Adult Cancer Care: A Hermeneutic Study

Anne Olofsson
Bjöörn Fossum
ONF 2009, 36(4), E223-E231 DOI: 10.1188/09.ONF.E223-E231

Purpose/Objectives: To explore perspectives on music therapy as a nursing intervention in adult cancer care and to expand and integrate knowledge and understanding about music therapy as an adjunctive intervention in adult cancer nursing care.

Data Sources: Published nursing articles.

Data Synthesis: Medical and nursing journals have reported on research related to music and its effect as a nursing intervention. However, this research often lacks a musical context (i.e., knowledge and understanding from a musical perspective).

Conclusions: Music therapy is not a consistent concept. Perspectives on the meanings of music therapy vary according to knowledge and scientific orientation. The perspective may influence the character and methodology of the music therapy intervention as well as the understanding of its results.

Implications for Nursing: To fully develop music therapy as an adjunct intervention in adult cancer care, interdisciplinary cooperation between nurses and music therapists should be supported on clinical and educational levels.

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