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This presentation discusses related topics of music therapy in hospice and palliative care from the perspectives of medical sociology and anthropology, based on a clinical experience of a patient with advanced oral cancer. The content consists of the following two parts: the first is case description, including music therapy intervention and grief counseling under postmodern perspective, and the planning and holding of the funeral carried out by the two music therapists with the patient’s family; the second part discusses the cultural and social topics the music therapists observed and encountered during the process of the hospice care, such as the concept and link of the medical system to care services, the relationships between customs and clinical needs, the ownership of decision-making power of end-of-life, and the ethical issues that therapists faced with, etc..
This case is of great significance to the career and life course of the two therapists.
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