ISBN: 978-1-907642-33-7

The RNCM Medical Notes Project at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital: outcomes for children, families, musicians and hospital staff


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Cavanagh A, Dewhurst R, Grant M, Livesley J, Long T

Year of Publication:
2012

Publisher(s):
University of Salford

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report presents key findings from the RNCM Music for Health Medical Notes project which aimed to improve children’s and young people’s psychological and social wellbeing during their time in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) by providing opportunities to engage in co-creative live music sessions with Music for Health practitioners.

Each session at the hospital typically lasted for two hours in a ward or communal area depending on the response from participants and the specific demands and dynamics of each environment. Data was collected from October 2011 through to February 2012. This included field-work observations, conversations with children, their families and members of staff, and individual and focus group interviews with project staff, play specialists, musicians and trainee musicians. In addition, an evening musical workshop was undertaken in the Teen Zone to elicit the views and opinions of young people.
Key findings are that:
• Music-making contributes to the health and wellbeing of hospitalised children and their families
• Child-centred music-making in hospital can alleviate boredom, isolation and anxiety, and create positive, shared experiences
• Live music-making can enable powerful connections between hospitalised children, members of their families, hospital staff and musicians.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Cavanagh, A., Livesley, J., Long, T., Dewhurst, R., Grant, M. (2012). The RNCM Medical Notes Project at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital: outcomes for children, families, musicians and hospital staff. Salford: University of Salford.