Mudra Toolbox in Five Language for dementia patients -ICMR

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On October 7, 2021, The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released the Multilingual Dementia Research and Assessment (MUDRA) Toolbox in five Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.



About 

The toolkit has been established to help the government do consistent, standardized dementia research. In an official release, ICMR Director General Dr. Balram Bhargava stated that the toolbox contains numerous cognitive tests to measure diverse domains of cognition such as attention and executive function, memory, language, and visuospatial abilities.

Background 

  • Dementia is a neurological condition that causes a deterioration in cognition and impairs a person's ability to carry out daily tasks.
  • According to the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India's (ARDSI) Dementia India Report 2010, there are about 5.29 million individuals in India who have dementia, with the number predicted to rise to 7.61 million by 2030.
  • Despite the fact that the country has a high incidence of dementia patients, only one out of every ten gets diagnosed, owing to a lack of awareness and a lack of linguistically and culturally acceptable diagnostic tools.

Key Highlights

  • The MUDRA Toolbox is a comprehensive tool created particularly for diagnosing dementia in the Indian population.
  • It is created over a six-year period by a group of researchers from diverse areas, including neurologists, psychologists, and speech-language pathologists.
  • The researchers labored long and hard to design and verify the instrument in the Indian population.
  • The one-of-a-kind tool includes a variety of exams and surveys and is intended to be culturally, educationally, and linguistically relevant.

What significance does it have 

The ICMR Neuro-Cognitive Tool Box (ICMR-NCTB) consortium launched the MUDRA Toolbox project to change India's dementia and mild cognitive impairment research and therapeutic practises.

AIIMS (New Delhi), NIMS (Hyderabad), Manipal Hospital (Bengaluru), and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College collaborated on the project, as did NIMHANS (Bengaluru), SCTIMST (Thiruvananthapuram), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, and Apollo Hospital (Kolkata)

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