SLCTR Registration Number
Date of Registration
The date of last modification
Dec 28, 2018
Scientific Title of Trial
A randomized controlled trial on Impact of music therapy on the functional improvement of patients with traumatic brain injuries at the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital - Ragama
Public Title of Trial
Effect of music therapy for patients with brain damage due to accidents
Disease or Health Condition(s) Studied
Traumatic brain injury
Universal Trial Number
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ERC Ref. No: P/132/07/2018
What is the research question being addressed?
What is the impact of music therapy on the functional improvement of patients with traumatic brain injuries?
Type of study
Randomized controlled trial
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This trial will be done at the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital (RRH)– Ragama Sri lanka
Patients will be divided into 2 groups using the Block Randomized design.
Patients will be taken to a quiet room along with the bystanders, with a maximum of four patients at one time. A recorded music track will be played and the patients will be allowed to listen while they would be encouraged to participate actively according to their disability either by singing, clapping, whistling, head nodding, or by moving his/her hands or feet. With the music, the investigator will be actively participating and motivating patient’s family members/ bystanders to encourage the patients to participate. This will be done on a one to one basis by four investigators daily under the supervision of the supervisor, ie 20 minutes during 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm and in the evening which are the other rehabilitation therapy free hours on week days. This will be done for 10 weeks for one patient.
Other standard care including medical management and rehabilitation therapies; physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy will be given to both the intervention group and the control group during routine therapy hours.
FIM score prior to therapy, during (at 5 weeks of therapy) and after completion (10 weeks of therapy) will be assessed by senior registrars in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation and they will be blinded to the intervention.
Patients who are admitted with traumatic brain injuries to the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital – Ragama, during this study period.
Patients who are admitted with a history of non- traumatic brain injuries to the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital – Ragama, during this study period will be excluded. Also patients who were diagnosed with hearing defects either before or after the head trauma will be excluded
Functional Independence Measurement score[
Before, in 5 weeks and the end of 10 weeks of music therapy.]
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Contact person for Scientific Queries/Principal Investigator
Dr. V.S.T. Nelunika
Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital- Ragama, Sri Lanka
Mob: 071- 8098186
Contact Person for Public Queries
Dr. Duminda Munidasa
Consultant in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation
Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka
Mob: 077- 7910369
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