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How are SLPs managing services for people with mild aphasia?


At present, there is limited information on the nature and extent of speech-language pathology services in the U.S. specific to people with mild aphasia (PWMA). The goal of the present study was to determine how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) perceive the assessment, treatment, and discharge of PWMA. According to anecdotal reports from SLPs and PWMA, current services may be inadequate and those with more severe aphasia types are being prioritized. To investigate factors potentially limiting SLP involvement and to determine gaps in service, a 26-question survey, consisting of both open-ended and closed-ended questions, was developed and distributed via email and social media to selected groups of SLPs. A total of 133 SLPs responded to the survey. In this brief report, we discuss only the primary findings. Reports of assessment, treatment, and discharge procedures were diverse; however, a number of central themes were observed. The majority of respondents had more than ten years of experience. They reported greater use of informal measures in assessing people with mild aphasia as compared to people with more severe forms of aphasia. Discharge procedures and recommendations were found to involve primarily referrals to the next level of care, recommendations for continued social interaction, and maintenance programs to preserve treatment progress. Responses tended to be appropriate, yet, not necessarily indicative of the actual standard of care. SLPs reported the need for additional assessment tools and resources in order to better serve people with mild aphasia. Perceived constraints included large caseloads, resource limitations, awareness of health professionals, and the prioritization of those with more severe deficits. Information gathered in this survey highlights the gap in services for this population and provides some tangible guidelines for how to proceed. Given that PWMA have the greatest chance of returning to work, we argue that any prioritization bias should lean toward favoring this population.
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hal-02565457 , version 1 (06-05-2020)



Jennifer Mozeiko, Andrea Pascariello. How are SLPs managing services for people with mild aphasia?. Journal of Communication Disorders, 2020, 84, pp.105983. ⟨10.1016/j.jcomdis.2020.105983⟩. ⟨hal-02565457⟩
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