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An international perspective. A survey of clinician views and practices from 16 countries

Hilari, K., Klippi, A., Constantinidou, F., Horton, S., Penn, C., Raymer, S., Wallace, S., Zemva, N. and Worrall, L. (2015). An international perspective. A survey of clinician views and practices from 16 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 Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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