Music Therapy and Music Medicine Studies in Oncology: Part II: The Use of the Delphi Technique


  • Barbara L Wheeler Montclair State University
  • Michael D. Cassity Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Teresa L. Lesiuk University of Miami
  • Andrew Rossetti Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Debra S. Burns Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Suzanne B. Hanser Berklee College of Music



This is the second of two articles comparing music medicine and music therapy studies. The intent was to explore whether music therapy research differs from music medicine research, and if so, to delineate the differences. Studies in oncology were examined. This article describes the Delphi process that was followed to determine the classification of studies that met inclusion criteria. This article also explains why this process can be useful to music therapy and music medicine and discusses its applicability to the current topic. Reasons for and justification for modifications that were made in the Delphi technique are discussed.

Author Biographies

Barbara L Wheeler, Montclair State University

Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University

Michael D. Cassity, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Professor Emeritus (Southwestern OK State University)Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc., President and CEO

Teresa L. Lesiuk, University of Miami

Frost School of Music

Director and Associate Professor, Music Therapy

Andrew Rossetti, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Coordinator - Radiation Oncology Music Therapy ProgramLouis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine

Debra S. Burns, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Professor of Music Therapy

Chair, Department of Music and Arts Technology

Suzanne B. Hanser, Berklee College of Music

Professor, Music Therapy Chair Emerita


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