Piloting Music Therapy Support for Preterm Infant Non-Nutritive Suck and Caregiver

Published in Neonatology Today (Peer Reviewed Research, News and Information in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine) Volume 14 / Issue 9 | September 2019 “The Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL) is an FDA approved device (Standley, 2012). PAL provides developmentally appropriate lullaby music that includes the ability to use the caregiver’s voices and personalized recorded lullabies as a positive reinforcement measure to entrain and reinforce a non-nutritive sucking response among infants in NICU (Standley, 2012).” “ Music Therapists provided caregivers with information regarding infants behavioral signs of overstimulation to music and also signs of a positive response to the music as stimuli." “Of the 95% of the caregivers reported feeling their child had improved oral motor skills needed for feeding with the PAL Music Therapy sessions. Additionally, 98% reported stability and/ or an increase in bonding with their baby during the study. All caregivers (100%) reported increases in music use in their daily routine with their infant and an increase in their involvement in their infant’s care.”

Vocal Music Therapy for Chronic Pain

Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and preliminary effects of a vocal music therapy (VMT) program on chronic pain management. Design: A mixed methods intervention design was used in which qualitative data were embedded within a randomized controlled trial. Setting: An urban nurse-management health center on the East Coast of the United States. Subjects: Participants (N= 43) were predominantly Black (79%) and female (76.7%) with an average pain duration of 10 years. Intervention: Participants were randomly allocated to a 12-week VMT program or a waitlist control. Outcome measures: We tracked consent rate (percentage of participants enrolled out of total number screened), attrition rate, and treatment adherence. We used PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) tools to measure pain interference, pain-related self-efficacy, pain intensity, depression, anxiety, positive effect, and well-being, ability to participate in social activities, and satisfaction with social roles at baseline and week 12. VMT participants also completed the Patient Global Impression of Change Scale. We conducted semistructured interviews to better understand participants’ experience of the intervention. Results: The consent rate was 56%. The attrition rate was 23%. Large treatment effects (partial eta squared) were obtained for self-efficacy (0.20), depression (0.26), and ability to participate in social activities (0.24). Medium effects were found for pain intensity (0.10), anxiety (0.06), positive effect, and well-being (0.06), and small effects for pain interference (0.03) and satisfaction with social roles (0.03). On average, participants felt moderately better after completion of the VMT program (M = 4.93, standard deviation = 1.98). Qualitative findings suggest that VMT resulted in better self-management of pain, enhanced psychological well-being, and stronger social and spiritual connections. Conclusions: Recruitment into the 12-week program was challenging, but quantitative and qualitative findings suggest significant benefits of VMT for chronic pain management. Keywords: music therapy, pain management, clinical trials

Music Therapy Booth during World Mental Health Day event in Sabah 13 Oct 2018

Come visit the Music Therapy Booth in conjunction with World Mental Health Day in Sabah! World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness on mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The Sabah Mental Health Association together with Persatuan C.H.I.L.D. Sabah will celebrate the annual World Mental Health Day as follows: Date: 13 October 2018 (Saturday) Time: 10am – 5pm Venue: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall (3rd Floor Exhibition Hall)