Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, NCMP
Purpose: Aphasia is a debilitating sequela of stroke leading to a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. Stroke patients are seen in many different clinical settings. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of aphasia treatments, particularly intensive therapy.
Method: A PubMed search was conducted of the clinical question “Is high intensity language therapy effective in stroke patients with chronic aphasia?”
Results: The search yielded 305 results using the basic search engine. The dates were narrowed, and the number of results dropped to 202. The use of Google Scholar for the same search produced 48 results; The following additional searches were conducted:
1. Aphasia constraint-induced therapy (236 results)
2. Constraint-induced therapy chronic aphasia (48 results)
3. Chronic aphasia high intensity treatment (19 results)
4. High intensity treatment language therapy chronic aphasia (9 results)
Conclusion: Intensive aphasia therapy can have a positive effect on post-stroke recovery. Intensive therapy is an approach that can enhance the return or effective speech and improve stroke patients’ quality of life.
Cashin L. Intensive Therapy for Chronic Aphasia Following Stroke. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2022; 4(4).
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