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Predicting the Outcome of Linguistic Therapy for Aphasia: The Impact of
Nonlinguistic Variables

van de Sandt-Koenderman, Mieke W.E. and van Harskamp, Frans and Duivenvoorden, Hugo and Remerie, Sylvia and van der Voort, Yvonne and Wielaert, Sandra M. and Visch-Brink, Evy G.
Predicting the Outcome of Linguistic Therapy for Aphasia: The Impact of
Nonlinguistic Variables.
In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2004 : 34th : Park City, UT : May 2004) / : (2004).

Abstract

To investigate the influence of nonlinguistic factors on the efficacy of psycholinguistic
therapy, we used the data of fifty-eight aphasics with a combined semantic/phonological
deficit. They participated in an RCT, receiving either semantic or phonological therapy
(3-11 MPO). The outcome-measure was the ANELT, a measure for verbal
communication. We investigated the judgments of a multidisciplinary team (SLP,
linguist, behavioral neurologist, neuropsychologist, physiatrist), predicting the therapy
effect (ANELT). The judgments were based on a description of the linguistic, medical
and neurological, neuropsychological, and psychosocial characteristics of each patient.
These levels were rated for their expected influence on the effect of therapy (1-7,
consensus). In addition, an overall rating was given, weighing all levels. The overall
rating and the rating of neuropsychological/neurological information appeared to be
significant predictors, beside age. Conclusion: a multidisciplinary team may provide
valuable information regarding the expected effect of psycholinguistic therapy, with
neuropsychological/neurological information as an important factor.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Abstract
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:1644
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2004 : 34th : Park City, UT : May 2004)
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