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Music, Health, and Wellbeing$
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Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001

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The Religion of Evidence-Based Practice: Helpful or Harmful to Health and Wellbeing?

The Religion of Evidence-Based Practice: Helpful or Harmful to Health and Wellbeing?

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Chapter 13 The Religion of Evidence-Based Practice: Helpful or Harmful to Health and Wellbeing?
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Music, Health, and Wellbeing
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Tony Wigram

Christian Gold

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0013

This chapter begins by outlining the challenges of preparing a chapter on evidence-based practice (EBP) to underpin the use of music as a therapeutic tool in treatment, in the overall frame of music, health, and wellbeing. It then reviews the terminology of EBP and evidence-based medicine, and discusses autism spectrum disorders and EBP. The chapter concludes that, based on last sixty years of the development of music therapy as a recognized and relevant intervention, there is no doubt that the honeymoon period is over, and EBP is here to stay. Despite examples of attrition in music therapy practice as health, education, and social services tighten their belts and the demand on their resources grows, there is increasing interest in the value of music for health and wellbeing, despite even less ‘hard’ evidence that it is effective against illness and disability.

Keywords:   evidence-based practice, music therapy, autism spectrum disorders

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