Stephanie Morris, MMT, MT-BC; Cleveland Clinic and Emily Guthe, MM, MA, MT-BC; Cleveland Clinic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all humans and all aspects of human health. At the onset, healthcare workers were expected to continue caring for the sick. Oncology workers continued care for patients who needed life-saving treatments. To better understand the experiences of oncology healthcare workers during the pandemic, this study was structured with an arts-based research design. Several forms of data including composed songs, lyrics, and follow-up interviews were analyzed to better understand the experiences of healthcare workers in oncology during the pandemic as well as the role of songwriting and composition in assisting healthcare workers process these experiences.

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