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Folia Phoniatr Logop. 2012;64(4):199-207. doi: 10.1159/000340017. Epub 2012 Oct 25.

Communicative clusters after a right-hemisphere stroke: are there universal clinical profiles?.

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Centre de Recherche de l'Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), Université de Montréal, Montréal, Qué., Canada. perrine.ferre @ gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The current research aimed at classifying communication profiles among right-brain-damaged adults with an intercultural perspective, and so begins to fill in a long-standing gap in the literature.

METHOD:

The sample was made up of 112 right-brain-damaged individuals from three nationalities (Canadians, Brazilians and Argentineans). They were assessed using 13 language tasks from the Protocol MEC in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and French.

RESULTS:

A hierarchical cluster analysis led to four distinct clinical profiles of communication. Since only a few distinctions between nationalities were observed, the results suggest that there probably is a partial universality of clinical profiles of communication impairments after a right brain damage.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study proposes a preliminary taxonomy of communication disorders among right-brain-damaged individuals with cross-cultural implications. The exploration of associated stroke sites and neuropsychological concomitant deficits would contribute to the eventual development of a more accurate clinical intervention.

PMID:
23108449
DOI:
10.1159/000340017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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