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The Singing Unit: A Music Therapy Pilot Study in a UK NICU
This mixed-methods pilot study involved the parents of premature infants in a neonatal unit. It explored the impact of parental participation in a singing workshop facilitated by an NICU music therapist. After the workshop and hospital stay, a statically significant increase in parental wellbeing occurred. Reduction in parental anxiety and improved parental bonding were not statistically significant, but may suggest trends for improvement in these areas. This low-intensity cost-effective intervention has demonstrated efficacy in the area of parental wellbeing. There is therefore potential for this study to offer a baseline music therapy provision in NICUs.
Elizabeth Coombes, PhD, MA, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, FHEA NICU Music Therapist BMus (Lond)