Knowledge and Use of Music Therapy Among Pediatric Practitioners in Michigan

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Increasingly, music therapy is being used, in combination with conventional treatment modalities, as part of the health care treatment plan. The objective of our study was to determine the awareness, knowledge and use of music therapy by members of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Michigan AAP) in their health care practice.


Members of the Michigan AAP were asked to participate in a survey designed to assess their knowledge and use of music therapy in their health care practice.


Although the majority of respondents were aware of the use of music therapy in health care settings, very few had referred their own patients for music therapy services.


Music therapy is an inexpensive and noninvasive treatment modality being used increasingly, especially to alleviate pain, stress, and anxiety among patients in a variety of conditions. Pediatric practitioners in Michigan, who responded to our survey, expressed a strong interest in learning more about music therapy and learning about ways to incorporate music therapy into their health care practice.

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