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J Commun Disord. 2005 Jan-Feb;38(1):1-27.

Outcome assessment in aphasia: a survey.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Southeastern Louisiana University, 59020 Highway 433, Slidell, LA 70460, USA.


There has been a marked increase in attention to the measurement of "outcomes" after speech-language intervention for adult aphasia. Consumers, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and funding sources desire evidence of therapy outcomes that improve communication and enhance the quality of life for people with aphasia. While many assessment tools are available to measure outcomes after aphasia therapy, there is little information regarding the use of these tools in everyday practice by SLPs. Therefore, the current investigation was undertaken to identify and describe the practices of SLPs relative to outcome assessment in aphasia. An online survey of outcome assessment practices was distributed. Results revealed that 85% of the 94 respondents reportedly perform outcome assessment. A majority of respondents reported barriers to assessment such as time and funding limitations. Considerable variability existed in the types of assessments and the actual tools reported. The impact of the results on clinical practice is discussed.


As a result of this activity the reader will be able to (1) define outcome assessment in aphasia, (2) describe patterns of outcome assessment in aphasia as reported by survey respondents, and (3) describe a conceptual framework for situating outcome assessment in aphasia.

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