Authors: Oksana Hrubskyj, NSW
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Evaluation of Programs, CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS,RESEARCH, EVALUATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The aim of this investigation was to examine the clinical response to a group music therapy intervention, added to the standard care, of a group of treatment-refractory patients with schizophrenia. All subjects were inpatients of a state psychiatric hospital. Data of mental state examinations using the expanded version of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) was retrospectively analysed over the duration of the intervention, which included one pre-intervention measure. Statistically significant reductions were achieved in global symptomatology, as well as in three of the four negative symptoms, those being emotional withdrawal, tension and distractibility. In spite of its methodological limitations, the results of this study are consistent with other overseas findings and, support the importance and contribution of music therapy as a psychosocial intervention, in the treatment of patients with a severe form of schizophrenia.