Exploring the role of music therapy in cardiac rehabilitation after cardiothoracic surgery: a qualitative study using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music

Short, Alison, Gibb, Heather, Fildes, Jennifer, and Holmes, Colin (2013) Exploring the role of music therapy in cardiac rehabilitation after cardiothoracic surgery: a qualitative study using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 28 (6). E74-E81.

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Abstract

Background: Cardiac rehabilitation integrates physical, psychological, and vocational strategies to restore and sustain optimal health. Objective: An innovative study using music therapy (Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music [BMGIM]) explored the experiences of cardiac rehabilitation participants in an outpatient setting at 2 major metropolitan teaching hospitals.

Methods: Commencing 6 to 15 weeks after cardiothoracic surgery, 6 study participants were recruited for 6 weekly music therapy (BMGIM) sessions. Qualitative analysis of the patient narrative within a semiotic framework demonstrated that patients used music therapy to spontaneously explore their recovery process.

Results: Five grand themes emerged: (1) looking through the frame, (2) feeling the impact, (3) spiralling into the unexpected, (4) sublime plateau, and (5) rehearsing new steps. The themes related to physical changes, adjustment after surgery, and anticipated lifestyle.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that music therapy (BMGIM) may be used to access and understand the internal recovery process of postcardiothoracic surgical patients, providing an additional clinical tool to augment the external rehabilitation process.

Item ID: 30542
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1550-5049
Keywords: cardiac rehabilitation, music therapy, narrative, psychosocial needs, qualitative research, semiotic
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 05:26
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190408 Music Therapy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health @ 100%
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