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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 57-62

Where are we now with aphasia after stroke?

School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, United Kingdom

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Prof. Pam Enderby
School of Health and Related Research, Innovation Centre, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_666_20

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Objective: To provide a brief review of research literature relating to the current state of knowledge regarding speech and language therapy for people with aphasia and place these research findings within the context of outcome data of non-selected patients receiving usual therapy in the UK. Methods: Part 1 presents a literature search aimed at exploring up-to-date information related to the nature and evolution of aphasia, the impact of therapy and the changing nature of therapy. This provides the context of what may be achieved in rehabilitation. Part 2 examines of the impact of speech and language therapy on 1664 prospective patients receiving therapy for aphasia after stroke by 3 different types of service provision was collected and statistically analysed. The Therapy Outcome Measure was used to identify change in impairment, activity, participation and well-being at the beginning and end of therapy. Results: The findings from the non-selected group of patients supports the conclusions of the reported randomised control trials in that speech and language therapy for post stroke aphasia is associated with gains in one or more of the domains of the International Classification of Functioning.

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