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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland; Health Foundation; New Opportunities Fund (United Kingdom)
Speech and Language Therapy for Dysarthria Due to Non-Progressive Brain Damage

Sellars, C., Hughes, T., et al. (2005).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(3).

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 N/A
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a review of randomized controlled trials investigating the efficacy of speech and language interventions for adults with dysarthria after non-progressive brain damage such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Adults with dysarthria following non-progressive brain damage.

Intervention/Assessment: Any SLP interventions

Number of Studies Included: 0

Years Included: 1966 - September 2004



  • Treatment
    • Speech
      • General Findings
        • No controlled trials examining the efficacy of speech and language interventions were found at time of the systematic review.
        • The authors conclude that there is no scientific evidence to support or refute the efficacy of speech and language treatments for dysarthria following non-progressive brain damage. Service providers should “consider other sources of evidence, such as case studies and expert opinion” (p. 6).

Keywords: Brain Injury, Dysarthria, Stroke

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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