Authors: Denes G, Perazzolo C, Piani A, Piccione F
Title: Intensive versus regular speech therapy in global aphasia: A controlled study
Source: Aphasiology 1996 10(4): 385-394
Year: 1996
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 06/10
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Eligibility specified - N
Random allocation - Y
Concealed allocation - N
Baseline comparability - Y
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - Y
Adequate follow-up - Y
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - Y
Point estimates and variability - Y

Reports a controlled study of the comparative efficacy of intensive (daily) vs standard (3 treatments weekly) speech therapy in a group of Ss with global aphasia of vascular origin. Three women and 5 men (mean age 58.1 yrs) were assigned to the intensive treatment group, while 6 women and 3 men (mean age 62.1 yrs) were assigned to the standard treatment group. Application of psychometric single case-analysis showed that the number of patients reaching a significant improvement in all language modalities was greater in the intensive therapy group, suggesting that intensive stimulation provides better accessibility to the residual language process.

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