David Kim, Medical Student, University of Toronto

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Background: Music serves as an important tool to improve the wellness of individuals in healthcare settings. Specifically, music care is defined as the informed and intentional use of music by anyone to improve the quality of care.

Aim: To propose and develop the Caregiver Confidence using Music Scale (CCuMS).

Method: The CCuMS was derived from hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) of the Music Care Training program’s Level 1 post-evaluation survey (Post-MCTL1) from 330 respondents. Thematic interpretation of HCA results was conducted to reduce iterm redundancy. Face validity, content validity, and convergent validity were reported using Pearson’s Correlation.

Results: A moderate correlation between the Post-MCTL1 and the CCuMS scale (r=0.524), and a strong correlation between the music care training thematic questionnaire and CCuMS (r=0.970) were reported.

Conclusion: The CCuMS shows promise as a measurement tool for use in healthcare settings, however further development on its validity is required.

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