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Original Paper

An International Perspective on Quality of Life in Aphasia: A Survey of Clinician Views and Practices from Sixteen Countries

Hilari K.a · Klippi A.c · Constantinidou F.d · Horton S.b · Penn C.e · Raymer A.f · Wallace S.g · Zemva N.h · Worrall L.g

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aCity University London, London, and bUniversity of East Anglia, Norwich, UK; cUniversity of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; dUniversity of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus; eUniversity of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; fOld Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., USA; gThe University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld., Australia; hUniversity Rehabilitation Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: January 21, 2016
Issue release date: January 2016

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/FPL

Abstract

Objective: To gain an insight into speech and language therapists' perspectives on and practices in quality of life in aphasia. Participants and Methods: The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Aphasia Committee developed a survey questionnaire, which was delivered online, anonymously, through SurveyMonkey (November 2012 to April 2013) to clinicians working with people with aphasia in 16 countries across the world. Results: A large number of speech and language therapists responded to the survey, with 19/21 questions answered by 385-579 participants. Clinicians were well informed on what constitutes quality of life and viewed it as a complex construct influenced by health, participation, in/dependence, communication, personal factors, and environmental factors. In their clinical practice, they considered quality of life as important, used informal approaches to explore it and aimed to address quality of life goals; yet, the majority did not evaluate quality of life in a systematic way. Conclusion: There is a need for training on quality of life to help speech and language therapists incorporate quality of life outcome measures in their interventions. There is also a need for further research on which interventions improve quality of life in aphasia.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: January 21, 2016
Issue release date: January 2016

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/FPL


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