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Ann Rehabil Med. 2013 Aug;37(4):556-62. doi: 10.5535/arm.2013.37.4.556. Epub 2013 Aug 26.

The therapeutic effect of neurologic music therapy and speech language therapy in post-stroke aphasic patients.

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the therapeutic effect of neurologic music therapy (NMT) and speech language therapy (SLT) through improvement of the aphasia quotient (AQ) in post-stroke aphasic patients.

METHODS:

Twenty-one post-stroke, nonfluent aphasia patients who had ischemic/hemorrhagic stroke on radiologic evaluation were divided into the NMT and SLT groups. They received NMT and SLT for 1 month. Language function was assessed by Korean version-Western Aphasia Battery before and after therapy. NMT consisted of therapeutic singing and melodic intonation therapy, and SLT consisted of language-oriented therapy.

RESULTS:

Significant improvements were revealed in AQ, repetition, and naming after therapy in the NMT group and improvements in repetition in the SLT group of chronic stroke patients (p<0.05). There were significant improvements in language ability in the NMT group of subacute stroke patients. However, there was no significant improvement in the SLT group of subacute stroke patients.

CONCLUSION:

We concluded that the two therapies are effective treatments in the chronic stage of stroke and NMT is effective in subacute post-stroke aphasic patients.

KEYWORDS:

Aphasia; Music therapy; Speech therapy; Stroke

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