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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Motor Neurone Disease Association (Australia); Department of Human Services, DisAbility Division, State Government of Victoria; Clinical Centre of Research Excellence in Clinical Gait Analysis and Gait Rehabilitation; School of Psychotherapy at La Trobe University (Australia)
Outcomes of Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, and Occupational Therapy for People with Motor Neuron Disease: A Systematic Review

Morris, M. E., Perry, A., et al. (2006).
Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, 20(3), 424-434.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
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 Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review and evaluation of the scientific literature addressing the effects of physical, speech, and occupational therapy for individuals with motor neuron disease.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Individuals with motor neuron disease.

Intervention/Assessment: Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy.

Number of Studies Included: Not stated

Years Included: Not stated



  • Treatment
    • Speech
      • General Findings - There was limited evidence from two studies to support the effectiveness of speech and language treatment for dysarthria. Further research is warranted.

Keywords: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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