Authors: Dignam J, Rodriguez AD, O'Brien K, Burfein P, Copland DA
Title: Early within therapy naming probes as a clinically-feasible predictor of anomia treatment response
Source: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 2024 34(2): 196-219
Year: 2024
Research Design: Case Series

This study investigated the relationship between early within-therapy probe naming performance and anomia therapy outcomes in individuals with aphasia. Thirty-four adults with chronic, post-stroke aphasia participated in the Aphasia Language Impairment and Functioning Therapy (Aphasia LIFT) programme, comprised of 48 h of comprehensive aphasia therapy. Sets of 30 treated and 30 untreated items identified at baseline were probed during impairment therapy which targeted word retrieval using a combined semantic feature analysis and phonological component analysis approach. Multiple regression models were computed to determine the relationship between baseline language and demographic variables, early within-therapy probe naming performance (measured after 3 h of impairment therapy) and anomia treatment outcomes. Early within-therapy probe naming performance emerged as the strongest predictor of anomia therapy gains at post-therapy and at 1-month follow-up. These findings have important clinical implications, as they suggest that an individual's performance after a brief period of anomia therapy may predict response to intervention. As such, early within-therapy probe naming may provide a quick and accessible tool for clinicians to identify potential response to anomia treatment.

Access: Open Access