Episode 69: MTR2025, The Future of Music Therapy Research

by MTRT on August 19, 2015

In this episode 69 of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, we welcome AMTA senior advisor Barb Else to the podcast to talk about a new AMTA initiative called Music Therapy Research 2025, or MTR 2025.

Barb is a music therapist with considerable experience in hospital and community-based settings, as well as a researcher in health policy and economics. Her main clinical focus is in wellness and mental health. Barb was recipient of a post-graduate Presidential fellowship working at the U.S. Public Health Service as a Project Office and Health Science Administrator. In addition to maintaining a part-time clinical practice in Tucson, Arizona, Barb works as a consultant for AMTA supporting strategic and special projects.

Keep listening to learn more about the future of music therapy research.

Show Notes

Hinds, P.S., Britton, D.R., Coleman, L., Engh, Humbel, T.K., Keller, S., Kelly, K.P., Menard, J., Lee, M.A., Roberts-Turner, R., & Walczak, D. (2015). Creating a career legacy map to help assure meaning work in nursing. Nursing Outlook, 63(2), 211-8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2014.08.002

When nurses declare a professional legacy (or what they intend to be better in health care because of their efforts), they are likely to maintain a focus on achieving their legacy and to experience meaning in the process. We depict the legacy and involved steps in creating a legacy map, which is a concrete guide forward to intended career outcomes. Informed by the “meaningful work” literature, we describe a legacy map, its function, the process to create one, and the application of a legacy map to guide careers. We also describe an administrative benefit of the legacy map-the map can be used by team leaders and members to secure needed resources and opportunities to support the desired legacy of team members. Legacy mapping can be a self-use career guidance tool for nurses and other health care professionals or a tool that links the career efforts of a team member with the career support efforts of a team leader.

Robb, S. L., Burns, D. S., & Carpenter, J. S. (2011). Reporting Guidelines for Music-based Interventions. Music and Medicine, 3(4), 271-279.

Music-based interventions are used to address a variety of problems experienced by individuals across the developmental lifespan (infants to elderly adults). In order to improve the transparency and specificity of reporting music-based interventions, a set of specific reporting guidelines is recommended. Recommendations pertain to reporting seven different components of music-based interventions including intervention theory, intervention content, intervention delivery schedule, interventionist, treatment fidelity, setting, and unit of delivery. Recommendations are intended to support CONSORT and TREND statements for transparent reporting of interventions while taking into account the variety, complexity, and uniqueness of music-based interventions.

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