A team of researchers in Finland have found that listening to music during the early stages after a stroke can improve a patient's recovery.  Time for some singing on the wards!  Click here to read more details.

In 2001, one year after InterAct Stroke Support was launched, freelance researcher Franca Davenport (BA, MSc) conducted a piece of qualitative research designed to assess the impact of InterAct Stroke Support on its recipients, to evaluate levels of satisfaction among recipients and to identify areas of improvement.  The report acknowledged InterAct's benefits in terms of 'lifting moods and promoting memory retrieval'. 

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In 2002, Maria Higgins, Dr Christopher McKevitt and Professor Charles D A Wolfe of the Division of Health and Social Care Research at King's College, London conducted an evaluation of InterAct Stroke Support.  Their results appeared in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation in 2005 under the article title 'Reading to stroke unit patients: Perceived impact and potential of an innovative arts based therapy'.  The report concluded by recognising that InterAct Stroke Support contributed to rehabilitation goals by building up a rapport with patients' and through 'increasing motivation by contributing to raised mood and energy levels'.

Click here for a precis of the research.  A full copy of the research is available on request by contacting InterAct.