The Transfer of Expertise in Conducting a Participatory Music Therapy During a Combined Rehabilitation-Recreational Program in an Elderly Care Facility
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As the population ages, the number of elderly people who require nursing care continuously increases. In Japan, as of October 2012, a total of 5.49 million qualification certificates were issued to those elderly requiring support, as well as those requiring long-term care in their daily life. Japan’s long-term care system is being promoted based on the philosophy of a society supporting individuals to preserve a dignified lifestyle. However, along with Japan’s rapid aging society, experts in nursing care among experts on different fields are also growing old, remarkably low birth rate poses another challenge in transfer of these expertise to young generations later. In this study we present an experiment that will analyze the attributes of every core skill we identified during our previous study which mapped the core skills of the expert that is needed in conducting an effective participatory music therapy in a nursing home facility. By identifying attributes, much deeper understanding of every core skill was gained, and a better and smoother skill transfer from an expert to a successor performer was attained.
KeywordsCaregiver Paid elderly facility Recreation Participatory music therapy
1 Research Background
The number of elderly people who require nursing care is increasing as the population ages. As of October 2012, there were 5.49 million people in Japan with Certificates of Required Support or Certificates of Required Long-Term Care, who require some kind of care in their daily lives. Therefore, high quality caretaking services are being promoted based on the idea of a society supporting “individual, dignified lifestyles.
However, along with Japan’s rapid aging society, experts in nursing care among experts on different fields are also growing old, remarkably low birth rate poses another challenge in transfer of these expertise to young generations later. (The Transfer of Expertise in Conducting a Participatory Music Therapy during a Combined Rehabilitation-Recreational Program in an Elderly Care Facility, Yamamoto 2015).
In Japan, music therapy has been introduced not so long ago as a new recreational and rehabilitation therapy. Activation of the brain, strengthening of the muscles for swallowing, and emotional and mental stability are just few of the most common beneficial effects improving the mind and body functions. It as well aim to improve of daily quality of life among the recipients. It has since been a standard for the elderly welfare care facilities of to provide recreational events, and recreation has also been the main in the life support provided by Day Service Institutions (Yamamoto 2015).
The setting of our study is a paid nursing home facility in Japan. Providing music therapy in the said facility has yield positive results, and we have felt the need for the expansion of the program to our other facility so that other residents could have access to music therapy.
However, offering sustainable service has always been a challenge to the currently short-staffed and notoriously high turn-over rate caregiver work in Japan (Yamamoto 2015).
Another condition that poses challenge to skill transfer is that studies found that as the expert’s expertise increases, mental representations become more abstract, making it hard for them to give educational instructions to successor. For example in an electronics trouble-shooting task, Gitomer 1988 found that more skilled technicians viewed an electronic device as a system of components, and conducted trouble shooting by following a conceptual model of the circuit. Less skilled technicians assumed that “there must be a short somewhere” and spent more time switching, using a trial-and-error procedure (Hinds et al. 2001).
Trial and error skill transfer procedure in the already time constraint working environment in nursing home would cause great burden to the expert staff. So, in order to cope up and meet the increasing demand for the provision of higher quality nursing service to the residents in the elderly facilities, we believe that researches on transfer of certain nursing skills is indispensable (Yamamoto 2015).
Many research works are being carried out to improve nursing services, however, studies related to sustainability of operation like research on skills transfer are not given much emphasis. In fact, our query on any research pertaining to transfer of expertise and skills in the nursing field in Japan yield us very limited result. (Yamamoto 2015).
In our previous study, we studied how to be able to transfer skills effectively by careful analysis of the technique used while performing. It was aimed to identify the set of skills needed for the rendition of an effective music therapy. We begin by analyzing the common techniques employed by expert performer, as characterized by her use of time, decisions and actions while performing a participatory music therapy in a paid nursing facility.
However, in this particular study, our aim was to define the attributes of every skill identified in the previous research.
1.2 Research Trends and Significance of the Study
In Japan, in the paper, Effects of Music Therapy for Dementia: A systematic review (Watanabe 2005) suggested that after reviewing researches published within the past 20 years, they have found out that along with the findings of Koger, music therapy is an effective intervention for dementia.
In a separate study, that was conducted in a long term-care health facility, Kuwahara (2001) stated that music has physiological and mental effects on human being. Their work found significance on the activities, whether it is a music therapy or music recreational activity.
However, along with Japan’s rapid aging society, experts on different fields are also growing old, remarkably low birth rate poses another challenge in transfer of these expertise to young generations later. Problems in skills transfer is not just being a business entity issue but becoming a Japan national issue as well (Gijutsu・Ginou Denshou no tame no Ginou Bunseki to Manyuaru Kousei no Houhou, Mori 2001).
Having the same commitment with our previous study, this study will be a significant endeavor in the transfer of expertise in music therapy. Not only the expert and successor performers would benefit when they employ the learning from the training tool for transfer of expertise that will be created, but if we are able to create more successor performers, it is the end-user of music therapy, who are residents in the paid nursing facility suffering from dementia would greatly benefit from this study. By understanding the specific skills to consider in order to render an effective music therapy, smooth transfer of skills from expert and successor will be assured.
2.1 Grounded Theory Methodology
As with the previous experiment, we have employed grounded theory method, it is a systematic generation of theory from data that contains both inductive and deductive thinking. One goal is to formulate hypotheses based on conceptual ideas. Generally speaking, grounded theory is an approach for looking systematically at (mostly) qualitative data (like transcripts of interviews or protocols of observations) aiming at the generation of theory. Sometimes, grounded theory is seen as a qualitative method, but grounded theory reaches farther: it combines a specific style of research (or a paradigm) with pragmatic theory of action and with some methodological guidelines.
Grounded theory method does not aim for the “truth” but to conceptualize what is going on by using empirical research. In a way, grounded theory method resembles what many researchers do when retrospectively formulating new hypotheses to fit data. However, when applying the grounded theory method, the researcher does not formulate the hypotheses in advance since preconceived hypotheses result in a theory that is ungrounded from the data (Glaser and Strauss 1967).
2.2 Subjects and Location of Study
Data of the subjects
No. of times performed music therapy
No. of years performing piano recital
No. of years of experience in caring for elderly suffering with dementia
The setting of our study is a paid nursing home facility in Japan. The facility houses 73 residents, with about 80 % of them affected by dementia or having dementia symptoms. We have created the music therapy program to address dementia as well as to prevent it’s onset on the residents.
2.3 Objective of Analysis
Our objective is to formulate hypotheses based on conceptual ideas presented by the expert performer. This study is sought to define the attributes of the skill set identified in the previous research. We then validated the effectiveness of the skill transfer process by looking into the data on the resident’s mean participation rate for music therapy performed by the expert and successor.
2.3.1 Video Recorded Participatory Music Therapy
Video footage of the actual performance served as an important medium that was used in analyzing the performance process, and profiling the core skill requirements. After which when the core skills were identified in the previous study, every core skill attributes were defined in this study.
2.3.2 Video Recorded Interview
22.214.171.124 Core Skill Mapping Based on Interview Data.
126.96.36.199 Analysis on the Usage of Time During Performance.
Attention is a high-priced commodity especially in performances (Yamamoto 2015). In this experiment, we tried to analyze the difference in usage of time between the expert and successor. Rendition time of song and exercise as well as time used in between songs were analyzed. A much easier to understand graphical representation was employed in this study than in the previous one.
188.8.131.52 Validation of Result.
To measure the effectiveness of the skill transfer, we have gathered the data on the participation of the residents in all recreational activities for the period of one year in all our 40 paid nursing care facilities and compared it to the data gathered after the skills transfer.
3 Results and Consideration
3.1 Video Recorded Participatory Music Therapy
Core Skill Mapping Result.
Analysis on the Usage of Time During Performance.
We have found that the skill (1) Ability to identify suitable song rendition and exercises, is attributed to communication with audience before the rendition; (2) Knowledge on songs of the same era as the audience, is attributed to learning the history of songs, and singers; (3) Knowledge on the varied effect of songs, is attributed to identifying songs that has cool down and excite effect, and identifying the effects of adjusting the song tempo and pitch; (4) Knowledge on the use of props related to music therapy, is attributed to learning the utilization of props for rehabilitation; (5) Ability to assess the audience response to performance and adjust for it, is attributed to assessing the facial expression of the audience, hand and feet movement, and rhythmic nodding; (6) Ability to continuously communicate with the audience, is attributed to the vigilant observation; (7) Ability to create variation for an emotionally enjoyable music experience, is attributed to the use varied songs; (8) Ability to assess the audience exhaustion, is attributed by creating breaks after or in between a series of physically demanding activities; (9) Ability to observe the standard performance sequence while making minute modifications midway, is attributed by preparing for a music performance with an exercise from the start, exciting renditions in the middle, and lastly, slow song for the finale.
Performance Process Analysis II: Difference in Usage of Time.
Gray represents rendition time, white represents the communication took between songs and other recreation, and the black represents other recreation performed within the music therapy performance.
The expert music therapy performance timed a total of 3463 s, while on the other hand, the successor total time was 3351 s. The expert total music therapy performance time is 112 s longer. The expert’s rendition consisted of 19 songs while the successor consisted of 14 songs.
The time spent on preparation communication by the expert was short and was proportionately used. On other recreation, longer time was used by the expert, it consisted of 5 performances while on the other hand, the time spent by the successor was shorter and it only consisted of 3 performances.
Validation of Result.
Participation rate after the transfer
Transfer of expertise. Explicit knowledge like improving performance through optimization in the usage of time is comparably easier to attain because there are exact representation for every unit of time. However, tacit knowledge which is learned through experience is comparable to a very complicated formula, whereas sometimes the expert himself experiencing difficulty in articulating the knowledge in words, thus difficult to share with others.
As there were visual reference, devising a technique on the effective use of time seemed it will not require enormous effort to get solved, however, we feel that, if mapping of core skills has not taken place, it seems it would be difficult for the expert to share her expertise on the matter, as she herself could not explain in clear details the specifics of her actions and reflex.
By defining the attribute of every skill, as in this study, not only it reveals the foundation of the specific skill, but it also clarifies the rationale behind the need for a particular skill in the whole performance process.
As there are other fields in the nursing care needing more experts and specialist, more of the same kind of this research is recommended.
This study also implies that good performance depends on the preparation and utilization of the core skills. Through the mapping of the core skill, as well as being able to define the attribute of each skill, requirements for a good music therapy performance had been made clear not only to the successor, but as well as to the expert herself.
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