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Delivering for aphasia
|Title||Delivering for aphasia|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Code, C, Petheram, B|
|Journal||International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology|
|Number of Pages||8|
|Type of Article||Review|
Providing a quality service for people with aphasia is a primary goal of speech-language pathologists working with neurogenic communication disorders. This paper reviews what is known about the incidence and prevalence of aphasia and what services are provided for people with aphasia. On the basis of the stroke data, the incidence of aphasia in the developed world ranges between 0.02–0.06% with prevalence ranging between 0.1–0.4%. Average hours of treatment for aphasic people in the developed world ranges between 1–5 hours per week, with a great deal of variability, although recent research suggests that intense treatment of ∼9 hours per week over a relatively short period is needed in order to be effective. It is concluded that there is a significant gap between what the research suggests is the appropriate amount of treatment and actual provision throughout the English-speaking world.
|Lay Summary|| |
Aphasia is the term for problems people have with communicating, usually as a result of a stroke. They may have trouble speaking, trouble understanding or trouble with both and it can range from mild to very severe. These problems can be very disabling, and effective treatment is needed to avoid the devastating effects aphasia can have on people’s lives.
|Keywords||Aphasia, incidence, prevalence, services for aphasia|