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Music therapy and dementia care practice in the United Kingdom: a British Association for Music Therapy membership survey

Schneider, Justine

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Justine Schneider



Abstract

The place of music therapy in the spectrum of musical interventions in dementia care needs to be better understood in light of the ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ of this provision. A semi-structured, online survey of British Association for Music Therapy members and affiliates was undertaken in summer 2017. It asked respondents to report on employment practice and settings, and experience in dementia-related music therapy. It asked about training received and given, and what barriers prevent wider availability of music therapy for people with dementia in the United Kingdom. Replies came from 188 people, 142 of whom were working with people with dementia. Most respondents reported working in the public or voluntary sector, but one in five was self-employed. Most (61%) were employed in residential care or hospital settings, for an average of 20 hours per week. The main factor that would increase music therapy provision in dementia care was seen as ‘greater awareness’ of music therapy amongst the general public and within the National Health Service. Nearly one-quarter (23%) thought that training and development could help increase provision. This was the largest survey undertaken to date of dementia practice by Music Therapists in the United Kingdom. It has implications for recruitment, professional development, promotion of the specialism and research.

Citation

Schneider, J. (2018). Music therapy and dementia care practice in the United Kingdom: a British Association for Music Therapy membership survey. British Journal of Music Therapy, 32(2), 58-69. doi:10.1177/1359457518799854

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 22, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 19, 2018
Journal British Journal of Music Therapy
Print ISSN 1359-4575
Electronic ISSN 2059-9773
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Pages 58-69
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359457518799854
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1231481

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