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Healthcare professionals’ knowledge of aphasia : conveying prognosis for language recovery and life participation to patients

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
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  • Communication
  • Medicine


Aphasia is an acquired disorder that affects all language modalities, but does not affect intelligence. Recovery from aphasia is variable and may continue for years after onset. Life participation is possible for people with aphasia and effective strategies can be used to facilitate communication. The purpose of this study was to understand respondents' knowledge of aphasia, of prognosis for recovery and life participation, and of strategies used for communicating. Respondents reported level of comfort felt when answering patients' questions about aphasia. Information was obtained through a questionnaire administered to resident physicians in neurology, occupational therapy students, and physical therapy students. Results indicated respondents feel somewhat comfortable answering patients' questions about aphasia. Respondents had decreased understanding of language modalities affected by aphasia, language recovery time, and life participation outcomes; but had adequate knowledge of strategies used to facilitate communication. Education is recommended to increase respondents' overall knowledge of aphasia in order to improve interactions with patients with aphasia.

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