Aanchal Shah

Aanchal Shah

Novel clinical collaboration between a musician in residence and a speech-language pathologist


Aanchal Shah, Dr. Jill Sonke, PhD


Dr. Jill Sonke


College of the Arts


Singing has shown promising effects for patients with non-fluent aphasia through Melodic Intonation Therapy. However, little research has been conducted on how live, personalized music can impact this patient population. Hence, this study aims to investigate the clinical collaboration between a musician in residence and speech-language pathologists (SLP) at the UF Health Shands Rehabilitation Hospital with patients suffering from non-fluent aphasia. The researchers collected three data sets consisting of the musician’s reports on his patient interactions, a semi-structured interview with the musician in residence, and a semi-structured interview with the speech-language pathologist involved in this novel clinical collaboration. The data sets were thematically analyzed (inductively) in order to make analytical sense of the statements, stories, and observations without any restrictions. The results included five salient themes including positive health outcomes, positive mental health outcomes, personalization of clinical approach, alteration of music, and the importance of a strong partnership between the musician and the speech-language pathologist. There is evidence that clinical collaborations between musicians and speech-language pathologists can improve patient outcomes for those suffering from non-fluent aphasia.


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