Authors: Hinckley JJ, Packard MEW
Title: Family education seminars and social functioning of adults with chronic aphasia
Source: Journal of Communication Disorders 2001 34(3): 241-254
Year: 2001
Research Design: Non Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 02/10
This rating is confirmed
Eligibility specified - N
Random allocation - N
Concealed allocation - N
Baseline comparability - N
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - N
Adequate follow-up - N
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - Y
Point estimates and variability - Y

Aphasia affects functional activities and participation in social roles years after onset. Some group and individual programs have reported success in improving social activities and perceived wellness. These programs typically last several weeks or months. A short, 2-day seminar style program designed for adults with chronic aphasia and their families is described in this report. Six-month follow-up data from 21 participant pairs demonstrates a significant improvement in functional activity level, improved knowledge of aphasia, and improved family relationships. Nonparticipant pairs did not demonstrate any changes over the same period. The results of this study demonstrate the important outcomes of even a very brief program designed to address the long-term psychosocial needs of adults living with aphasia and their families.

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