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Loyola researchers examine state of medical music therapy in new book

September 13, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans assistant professor of music therapy Joy Allen, Ph.D., tapped into her expertise to edit and contribute to a new book on medical music therapy. The book addresses working with a variety of patients with diseases from cancer to HIV/AIDS, including adults in the intensive care unit of hospitals and those in palliative care.

Barcelona Publishers released “Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Adult Medical Care” in July 2013. The 13-chapter volume includes three chapters by Allen and one by her colleague and Associate Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts Victoria Vega, Ph.D.

The comprehensive work examines a wide variety of patient populations and conditions, from HIV/AIDS and cancer patients to those with neurological or cardiac diseases. The physical, emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual needs of those patients are also examined. Based on clinical expertise and a comprehensive review of all relevant research, the book provides practical guidelines for implementing receptive, improvisational, re-creative and compositional methods of music therapy with each client group.

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