Patients admitted to the solid-organ transplant unit face a plethora of physical, emotional, and psychological challenges. Risk of infection, perception of pain, depression, surgery complications, and exhaustion are just a few hardships that a patient may face while hospitalized. Patient need areas thus serve as goal areas for the hospital support staff. While intervention is provided to patients in a variety of forms, music therapy is an effective means of treatment due to its multi-faceted nature; a music therapist can address a variety of goal areas with any given patient. The first section of this paper will briefly outline the processes a music therapist must meet after receiving a referral. Following this, common goal areas, such as pain perception, mood improvement, and anxiety reduction, will be reviewed. For each of these goal areas, interventions and techniques that provide effective treatment will be discussed.
Elliott, Tracey J..
"The Appearance and Effects of Music Therapy in the Solid Organ Transplant Unit."
The Downtown Review.
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