Aphasia LIFT: The effects of an intensive comprehensive aphasia rehabilitation program across ICF domains

Rodriguez, A. (2012). Aphasia LIFT: The effects of an intensive comprehensive aphasia rehabilitation program across ICF domains. In: Special issue: Abstracts of Stroke 2012 Conference. Stroke 2012 Conference - A combined event of the Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting and the 8th Smart Strokes Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (55-55). 29 - 31 August 2012.


Author Rodriguez, A.
Title of paper Aphasia LIFT: The effects of an intensive comprehensive aphasia rehabilitation program across ICF domains
Conference name Stroke 2012 Conference - A combined event of the Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting and the 8th Smart Strokes Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 29 - 31 August 2012
Proceedings title Special issue: Abstracts of Stroke 2012 Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name International Journal of Stroke   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 1747-4930
1747-4949
Volume 7
Issue s1
Start page 55
End page 55
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Intensive comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPs) are
an increasingly popular approach in aphasia rehabilitation. Broadly,
ICAPs comprise individual treatment, group therapy, education and
technology to improve language and communication across ICF
domains. While intensive treatment approaches have demonstrated
equivocal results on impairment-based measures, positive changes on
activity/participation measures provide support for ICAPs in rehabilitation
of chronic aphasia.
Aims: Aphasia Language Impairment and Functional Therapy (LIFT)
is the first known Australian ICAP for individuals with chronic aphasia.
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Aphasia
LIFT on language impairment, communication activity/participation,
and quality of life (QOL).
Methods: Eight individuals with moderate to severe, chronic aphasia
participated in 5 h of treatment/education/communication practice
per day, 5 days/week over 4 weeks (n = 100 total hours). Pre-post
assessments were conducted using the Comprehensive Aphasia Test
and the Boston Naming Test (impairment measures), the Communicative
Effectiveness Index (activity/participation measure), and the
Quality of Communication Life Scale and Assessment of Living with
Aphasia (QOL measure).
Results: Data were compared for six participants (n = 2 were
excluded for inability to complete the program and/or assessment
procedures). The activity/participation and QOL outcome measures
revealed the most consistent, positive pattern of results.
Conclusion: Consistent with the current literature on treatment
intensity, Aphasia LIFT yielded variable results across ICF domains.
While impairment-based measures did not consistently demonstrate
positive changes, the gains in communication-based activity/participation
and QOL suggest that Aphasia LIFT met the overarching goal
of ICAPs to maximize communication and enhance life participation
in individuals with aphasia.
Q-Index Code CX
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Institutional Status UQ

 
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