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AIIMS and IIT-Delhi Partner to Explore the Impact of Indian Music Therapy on Stroke Patients

In a pioneering collaboration, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, are teaming up to investigate the potential benefits of music therapy for restoring speech abilities in stroke patients.

Dr Deepti Vibha, from AIIMS' Department of Neurology, shared insights into this partnership, highlighting the significance of tailoring treatment approaches to the Indian context.

She noted that while international studies have shown the efficacy of music therapy in language rehabilitation, there's a disconnect when it comes to applying foreign music to Indian patients. Thus, the focus is on developing treatment modules rooted in Indian musical traditions.

Stroke ranks as the second-leading cause of death and disability combined, with aphasia—a loss of language function—affecting a substantial portion of stroke survivors. Approximately 21–38% of acute stroke patients experience some form of language impairment. Early intervention in speech and language therapy plays a crucial role in enhancing recovery outcomes.

Crucially, this initiative aims to make these tailored treatments accessible to patients at no cost, supported by funding from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Individuals or family members of stroke patients experiencing speech and language difficulties within the past year are encouraged to reach out for potential participation in this groundbreaking study by contacting 8929466866.



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