Research Gaps in Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs

Aphasia researchers in the communication disorders programs at Idaho State University and University of Montana have published a qualitative study of research gaps in the available literature investigating benefits to communicatively challenged participants in Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs (ICAP).  The goals of this investigation are to characterize such gaps from the perspective of international implementers…

Telepractice in the treatment of speech and voice disorders

An interdisciplinary team of specialists from the leading hospitals and medical schools of the Boston area, with expertise in communication disorders, clinical service delivery, and telemedicine have published an article identifying and assessing opportunities and issues around incorporating emerging technologies in the clinical management of voice-, speech-, language- and communication-disorders.  The goals of their publication…

A Review of International Experience for Telerehabilitation of Post-stroke Patients with Aphasia and Cognitive Problems

Rehabilitation researchers from two Medical Universities and a University of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia have reviewed articles on telerehabilitation for persons with post-stroke aphasia and cognitive problems. Their interest stems from service delivery challenges caused by pandemic-related restrictions on meeting in person, as well as difficulties in reaching patients at remote locations. The…

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…

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 Effectiveness of Adding Speech-Language Telerehabilitation to Usual Care

Rehabilitation specialists from Norway and Scotland present results from a single-blinded randomized controlled pilot study that compares the effectiveness – for persons with aphasia (PWA) – of speech-language telerehabilitation additive to usual care for following stroke, vs. usual care alone. It reports subject recruitment and drop-out numbers, plus improvements in impairment assessment scores and functional…

Trends in Telepractice During Emergency Conditions

A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Sophia University, Bulgaria has published findings of an online survey of SLP clinicians regarding their experiences with teletherapy since March 13, 2020, when the European Union declared a COVID-19 emergency and mandated use of distance communication technologies by SLPs in the delivery of services wherever possible.