Understanding the impact of group therapy on health-related quality of life of people with aphasia

Researchers from three disciplines at Canada’s University of Alberta – Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Nursing – studied the effects of participation in group therapy on the health-related quality of life in persons with aphasia. The goals were to establish, on the basis of a scoping review of published research, current evidence regarding 2 questions:…

Aphasia-friendly medication instructions: effects on comprehension in persons with and without aphasia

Researchers from three disciplines at Duquesne University – Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing – studied the effects of simplifying written instructions for medications in contrasting groups of persons with aphasia (PWA) and persons without aphasia (PWoA). The goal was to answer three questions. 1. What are the group comprehension differences between PWA ~ PWoA…

Applying adaptive distributed practice to self-managed computer-based anomia treatment: a single-case experimental design.

Researchers from Northwestern University’s Center for Education in Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders studied therapeutic effects of a computer-based application for self-managed practice of verbal naming in two persons with moderate chronic aphasia. Flashcard software was used to present either a drawing or a written description of…

Feasibility, acceptability, and limitations of speech and language telerehabilitation during COVID-19 lockdown: A qualitative research study on clinicians’ perspectives.

European health care researchers conducted a survey of speech-language pathologists in Italy to probe the views of practicing clinicians on the use of telerehabilitation (TR) technologies for the delivery of speech therapy services to clients during the COVID-19 lockdown, when meetings face-to-face for clinical sessions were discouraged The goals of the research were to document…

Experiences of Stroke Survivors Living with Aphasia and Graduate Student Clinicians Who Participated in a Telehealth Interprofessional Psychoeducation and Wellness Group

University of Montana graduate students – four drawn from the School of Speech, Language, Hearing & Occupational Sciences within the University’s College of Health, plus two drawn from the Department of Counselling within the College of Education – collaborated in running an interprofessional telehealth counselling and wellness group. The activities for this telehealth group were…

Evaluation of an Online Intervention for Improving Stroke Survivors’ Health-Related Quality of Life: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Health researchers from universities, hospitals, and medical research institutes around Australia have evaluated the effectiveness of an online intervention whose purpose is to improve the health-related quality of life of stroke survivors. The instrument, entitled Prevent 2nd Stroke (P2S), is a behavior-change intervention designed to promote medically advisable health-related behaviors among stroke survivors. The goal…

People with Aphasia Share Their Views on Self-Management and the Role of Technology to Support Self-Management of Aphasia

Investigators at the Aphasia Research Centre, University of Queensland – together with colleagues elsewhere Australia – have reported research on how persons with aphasia (PWA) regard self-management, including how they view and employ technologies that facilitate self-management. The goals of this investigation were to: (1) refine our understanding of what, in actual practice, self-management means…

COVID-19 and Aphasia

A communication specialist from Hong Kong University’s Academic Unit of Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences has published an article that discusses what clinicians have learned about relationships between the COVID-19 virus and aphasia. Because COVID-19 is a novel virus, highly contagious, and – in long covid – observed to compromise disparate organs and functional…

Maintaining Research Fidelity: Remote Training and Monitoring of Clinical Assistants in Aphasia Research

Researchers from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge have published an article on techniques for maintaining methodological integrity while working with clinical assistants who are remotely trained and monitored in the collection and reporting of data for aphasia research. The goals of the work are to present a structured…

The Application of Lexical Retrieval Training in Tablet-Based Speech-Language Intervention

Researchers from MGH’s Institute for Health Professions and Harvard’s Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology published a study comparing behaviors and outcomes in persons with chronic aphasia who practiced lexical retrieval using tablet-based therapy materials. During practice, half the users were discouraged from using the app’s ‘cue button’ – which spoke the answer…