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Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2017 Aug 5;31(3). pii: /j/ijamh.2019.31.issue-3/ijamh-2017-0004/ijamh-2017-0004.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-0004.

The effects of music therapy on transition outcomes in adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease.

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Department of Art and Music Therapy, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, MT-BC, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA, Phone: (216) 844-7727; Fax: (216) 201-6220.
Department of Art and Music Therapy, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH, USA.
School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA.
Department of Medicine-Hematology, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA.


Background The Build, Educate, Advance, Transition, in Sickle cell disease (BEATS) music therapy program was developed to address health challenges faced by adolescents/young adults (AYA) with sickle cell disease (SCD) during the transition to adult medical care. Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of BEATS on self-efficacy, trust, knowledge about SCD, and adherence in adolescents/young adults (AYA) with SCD. Subjects Thirty AYA with SCD, 18-23 years old, recruited from an adult SCD clinic agreed to participate in four BEATS sessions over 1 year. Methods Self-efficacy, trust and SCD knowledge were measured prospectively at baseline and months 3, 6, 9, and 12. Adherence to clinic appointments and healthcare utilization were measured retrospectively from medical records. A repeated measures linear mixed-effect model with compound symmetry covariance structure was used to fit the data. Results BEATS participants demonstrated a significant improvement in SCD knowledge (p = 0.0002) compared to baseline, an increase in acute care clinic, but not emergency department, utilization (p = 0.0056), and a non-significant improvement in clinic attendance (p = 0.1933). Participants' subjective evaluations revealed a positive response to BEATS. There were no significant changes in self-efficacy, trust, hospital admissions, or blood transfusion adherence. Conclusion Culturally tailored, developmentally appropriate music therapy transition interventions can concretely improve SCD knowledge and may improve transition for AYA with SCD.


adherence; music therapy; self-efficacy; sickle cell disease; transition; trust


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