Music Upper Limb Therapy–Integrated (MULT-I) supports a positive transformation in sense of self post stroke: a thematic analysis

Anna Palumbo, Caitlin Balagula, Alan Turry, Viswanath Aluru, Preeti Raghavan

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Abstract

Purpose: To understand how the experience of Music Upper Limb Therapy–Integrated (MULT-I) interconnects with the experience of stroke. Methods: Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews and video-recorded MULT-I sessions from a larger mixed-methods study. Thirty adults with post-stroke hemiparesis completed pre-intervention interviews, of whom fifteen participated in MULT-I. Thirteen of the participants in MULT-I completed post-intervention interviews. Results: The experience of stroke was characterized by five themes: (1) sudden loss of functional abilities, (2) disrupted participation, (3) desire for independence, (4) emotional distress and the need for support, and (5) difficulty negotiating changes in sense of self. The experience of MULT-I was characterized by three themes: (1) MULT-I activated movement and empowered personal choice, (2) MULT-I created a safe place to process emotional distress and take on challenges, and (3) MULT-I fostered a sense of belonging and a positive transformation in sense of self. These themes combined create a framework which illustrates the process by which MULT-I addressed each challenge described by survivors of stroke, facilitating a positive transformation in sense of self. Conclusion: MULT-I promotes physical, emotional, and social wellbeing following a stroke. This integrated approach supports a positive transformation in sense of self. These findings have implications for improving psychosocial well-being post stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • experience
  • music therapy
  • self
  • Stroke
  • upper limb rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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