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Music medicine course for medical students in Hungary

Janos Kollar, Pal Kovago, Edit Czegledi.

Objective: In 2006 a Music Medicine credit course was initiated on Medical and Health Science Centre of University of
Debrecen, Hungary for helping the medical students to gain more knowledge about Music Medicine and to dissolve prejudices
and misbeliefs about the topic. The aims of the study besides the introduction of the course was thematic quantitative
and qualitative analysis of the students’ evaluation about the course (n=150). Methods: A short, six-item questionnaire
concerning the evaluation of the course was constructed for the purpose of this study. We used both qualitative and
quantitative analysis. All of the participants (n=150) in the cross sectional survey were 1th to 6th year medical university
students Medical and Health Science Centre of University of Debrecen, (Hungary). Data were collected between the years
2006–2012. Results: Evaluation of the course proved to be especially favourable regarding every measured aspects. The
most favourable score showed the evaluation of the teacher and the least one was the individual participation. Content
analysis resulted in four content categories, namely group cohesion, self-awareness, practical focus, and new perspective.
Conclusions: Besides transferring useful information regarding the possibilities of applying music in medical practice a
new as a “side-effect” the course improved the group cohesion between students, and helped them to overcome their
shyness, and be more open to their fellow students.

Key words: Music Medicine; Medical students; Content analysis; Group cohesion; Self-awareness.

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