The Development of Evidence Based Music Therapy with Disorders of Consciousness

Julian O'Kelly

Research output: PhD thesis

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Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

The thesis comprises a PhD by publication with three published peer reviewed papers, the last of which is freely available in open access format.

Paper I: O'Kelly, J., & Magee, W.L. (2013). Music therapy with disorders of consciousness and neuroscience: the need for dialogue. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. 22(2), 93-106.
doi: 10.1080/08098131.2012.709269
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Paper II: O'Kelly, J., & Magee, W.L. (2013). The complementary role of music therapy in the detection of awareness in disorders of consciousness: an audit of concurrent SMART and MATADOC assessments. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23(2), 287-298.
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Paper III: O'Kelly J., Magee, W.L. James, L., Palaniappan, R., Taborin, J., & Fachner, J. (2013). Neurophysiological and behavioural responses to music therapy in vegetative and minimally conscious states. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:884. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00884
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