Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
versão impressa ISSN 0080-6234
SALES, Catarina Aparecida; SILVA, Vladimir Araujo da; PILGER, Calíope e MARCON, Sonia Silva. Music in human terminality: the family members' conceptions. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.1, pp. 138-145. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000100019.
This qualitative study was performed using the multiple case study method and Heidegger's existential phenomenology for data analysis. The objective was to understand how family members perceive the influence of musical experiences on the physical and mental health of a relative living with a terminal illness. Participants were seven individuals belonging to two families. Data collection was performed through interviews and observation from May to June 2009. Results showed that using music while providing care to beings living with cancer can provide well-being to patients as well as their caregivers. Considering the deficit of leisure and the monotony of the home environment, using music contemplates the philosophical and humanitarian precepts of palliative care, thus being characterized as a complementary resource to nursing care, as besides being a communication resource, it improves the interpersonal relationship between patients and their families.
Palavras-chave : Home nursing; Hospice care; Music therapy; Family relations; Family nursing.