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

Hilari, K., Klippi, A., Constantinidou, F. , Horton, S., Penn, C., Raymer, S., Wallace, S., Zemva, N. & Worrall, L. (2015). An International Perspective on Quality of Life in Aphasia: A Survey of Clinician Views and Practices from Sixteen Countries. Folia Phoniatrica Logopedica, 67(3), pp. 119-130. doi: 10.1159/000434748


Objective: To gain an insight into speech and language therapists’ perspectives and practices on quality of life in aphasia.

Participants and Methods: The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Aphasia Committee developed a survey questionnaire, which was delivered on-line, anonymously, through SurveyMonkey (November 2012 – 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 facilitate speech and language therapists to incorporate quality of life outcome measures in their interventions. There is also a need for further research on what interventions improve quality of life in aphasia.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Kruger 2015. Published here
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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