Music Therapy Programming in the Context of a Social Work Support Group to Address Indicators for Greater Medical Treatment Adherence in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: A Manual

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Griest, Tara
Master of Arts in Music Therapy
Meeting the comprehensive needs of patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) includes addressing psychosocial issues, encouraging participation in treatment, and facilitating in a psychologically positive hospital experience (Hirsch & Meckes, 2000). Literature is reviewed to provide a foundation of knowledge about the disease, SCD pain, medical staff involvement, and adherence to recommended medical treatment. The review also includes information on psychosocial support and how it affects indicators for improved adherence. Music therapy is introduced as a viable modality for achieving improved psychosocial support. A program manual utilizing music therapy within a social work support group context is presented to assist in developing a music therapy and social work support group for patients with SCD.