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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review


Language Rehabilitation in Chronic Aphasia and Time Postonset: A Review of Single-Subject Data

Moss, A., & Nicholas, M. (2006).
Stroke, 37(12), 3043-3051.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a review of studies which provide outcomes of aphasia treatment with a specified time post-onset, in order to determine if there is a relationship between treatment response and time post-onset.

Question(s) Addressed:

Is there a relationship between time post-onset of aphasia and response to treatment for aphasia in chronic patients one year or longer after symptom onset?

Population: Patients one year or longer after onset of aphasia symptoms

Intervention/Assessment: Treatment for aphasia

Number of Studies Included: 23

Years Included: 1985 - 2003

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Language
      • General Findings - Generally, individuals benefit positively from aphasia treatment regardless of time post-onset. "Therefore, expectations of how well individuals will respond to aphasia treatment, which are based solely on time postonset, are not warranted" (p. 3051). 

Keywords: Aphasia

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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