Today i read a journal titled "Music Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care: a Review of the Empirical Data
It was brilliant, it gave me lots of ideas and links to past papers. it was written by Russell E. Hilliard
I have taken a quote from the conclusion of the paper below.
"hospital administrators and hospice administrators need assurance that the allocation of funds for specialty programs serves to raise the standard of care for patients with a terminal illness. From a palliative care clinician's point of view, the quality of services is paramount. Research needs to be conducted to ensure a high quality of care and to provide for the best clinical interventions in meeting the needs of patients and families. Creating an evidence base in hospice and palliative care music therapy will assist music therapy clinicians in establishing best practices in end-of-life care. Finally, new and existing forms of therapy need to be tested to ensure their efficacy. Although research with the terminally ill can be limited owing to ethical considerations, the literature needs to be enriched to include quantitative studies measuring the effects of music therapy on patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness."
This summed a great reason for me to be doing my research as well as having a personal want to do it. Its simple the more quality research, the more interviews, the more evidence, the more people speak about the need for specialised therapy the better chance music for people in palliative care has to grow and also the better chance of the people that count get to receive the therapy and the enjoyment and possible healing of it occurs.
The article discussed how there is more qualatitave evidence than quantitative evidence. I personally understand this as from my own research it seems to be more observational that numerical or something you can measure. Saying that theres access to papers that i have found that do supply tables and graphs on the findings of studies and test that have been done.
An interesting read.