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Use of music therapy in pediatric oncology: an Italian AIEOP multicentric survey study in the era of covid-19.
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  • F. Giordano,
  • Paola Muggeo,
  • Chiara Rutigliano,
  • F. Barzaghi,
  • Laura Battisti,
  • P. Coccia,
  • Antonella Colombini,
  • Maria Rosaria D'Amico,
  • Raffaela De Santis,
  • Maurizio Mascarin,
  • Rosamaria Mura,
  • Daniela Onofrillo,
  • Katia Perruccio,
  • Simona Rinieri ,
  • F. Trevisan,
  • Daniele Zama,
  • Ottavio Ziino,
  • De Lucia,
  • Nicola Santoro,
  • Simone Cesaro
F. Giordano
Universita degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro Dipartimento dell'Emergenza e dei trapianti di organi

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Paola Muggeo
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Consorziale Policlinico di Bari
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Chiara Rutigliano
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Consorziale Policlinico di Bari
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F. Barzaghi
IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele
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Laura Battisti
Ospedale di Bolzano
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P. Coccia
Ospedale Pediatrico G Salesi
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Antonella Colombini
Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
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Maria Rosaria D'Amico
Azienda Ospedaliera di Rilievo Nazionale Santobono Pausilipon
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Raffaela De Santis
Ospedale Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza
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Maurizio Mascarin
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico IRCCS
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Rosamaria Mura
Azienda Ospedaliera Brotzu
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Daniela Onofrillo
Presidio Ospedaliero di Pescara
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Katia Perruccio
Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia
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Simona Rinieri
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Ferrara Arcispedale Sant'Anna
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F. Trevisan
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Meyer
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Daniele Zama
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna IRCCS
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Ottavio Ziino
Ospedale Civico Palermo
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De Lucia
Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Dipartimento di Biologia
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Nicola Santoro
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Consorziale Policlinico di Bari
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Simone Cesaro
Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona Sede di Borgo Roma
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Background: Music therapy (MT) is a complementary therapy offered to children, young adults and their families in pediatric oncology and palliative care. We performed a survey to collect information about MT in pediatric oncology in Italy. The outbreak of COVID-19 unavoidably changed the scenario of MT, suggesting some considerations presented in this survey. Methods: 27/32 (84,4%) Centres belonging to the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AEIOP) completed in 2 different time points (T1 and T2) an online survey on MT, before and after Covid-19 pandemia. Results: Different kinds of music approach were used taking care of patients in 21/27 centers, while in 14/21 (66%) a specific project of MT conducted by a music therapist was present. In 6/14 Centres MT activities were delivered for <3 hours/week, in 3 Centres for >3 and <10 hours/week, in the remaining 5 for >3 hours/week. MT sessions were in different areas, day hospital or ward (patient rooms, operating rooms, waiting rooms), on an individual basis or by groups. Patients were invited to MT by psychologists, caring physician or nurse, or on equipé decision. MT was evaluated with tools self-made by Music therapist in 11/14 centres. After Covid-19. MT has been withdrawal in 3 centres, sessions in the waiting rooms were reduced, individual sessions were preferred and enrollment by multidisciplinary teams increased. Conclusion: This survey represents the starting platform to compare and discuss different experience of MT in AIEOP Centres, to implement MT in pediatric oncology for a more qualified assistance to patients and to improve quality of care.
30 Nov 2022Published in European Journal of Pediatrics volume 182 issue 2 on pages 689-696. 10.1007/s00431-022-04720-4