|dc.description.abstract||Music therapy has an increasing evidence base within the treatment of schizophrenia
however it has been found that for there to be significant results the treatment needs to be longterm
and of high-frequency. Such interventions as these are difficult to establish and maintain
within an acute psychiatric inpatient setting where length of stays are often sporadic and short. As
a result of this, very little literature shows what music therapy can offer a patient with
schizophrenia within an acute psychiatric ward in particular reference to short-term treatment.
This project explores the diagnosis of schizophrenia itself providing an overview of its
physical and social characteristics and what impact they can have for someone diagnosed with
schizophrenia. The project then seeks to explore current research for music therapy within the
treatment of schizophrenia and also the use of its use within acute psychiatric inpatient settings.
A single case was chosen from the data source in order to explore what an open music
therapy group offered a patient during his time within the ward. The data was analysed through a
process of interpretative phenomenological analysis and presented within a single-case study and
discussion. The findings showed that for the individual, music therapy offered a sense of control,
interaction with others and a space to reflect.
This project highlights that music therapy within an acute setting can provide a means of
expression, empowerment and facilitate interactions with others during what is a difficult time in
a patient’s life. From this it can allow them to become active participants in their own recovery.
Schizophrenia, psychosis, music therapy, acute, psychiatric inpatient and short term||en