You needed to rehab ... families as well': family members' own goals for aphasia rehabilitation

Howe, Tami, Davidson, Bronwyn, Worrall, Linda, Hersh, Deborah, Ferguson, Alison, Sherratt, Sue and Gilbert, Jocelyn (2012) You needed to rehab ... families as well': family members' own goals for aphasia rehabilitation. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 47 5: 511-521. doi:10.1111/j.1460-6984.2012.00159.x


Author Howe, Tami
Davidson, Bronwyn
Worrall, Linda
Hersh, Deborah
Ferguson, Alison
Sherratt, Sue
Gilbert, Jocelyn
Title You needed to rehab ... families as well': family members' own goals for aphasia rehabilitation
Journal name International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-2822
1460-6984
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1460-6984.2012.00159.x
Volume 47
Issue 5
Start page 511
End page 521
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Aphasia affects family members in addition to the individuals with the communication disorder. In order to develop appropriate services for the relatives of people with aphasia post-stroke, their rehabilitation goals need to be identified.

Aim: The aim of the current investigation was to identify the rehabilitation goals that family members of individuals with aphasia have for themselves.

Methods & Procedures: Forty-eight family members of adults with aphasia post-stroke participated in in-depth semi-structured interviews to identify the rehabilitation goals they had for themselves. All the interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Outcomes & Results:
Analysis revealed seven categories of goals that the family members had for themselves: to be included in rehabilitation, to be provided with hope and positivity, to be able to communicate and maintain their relationship with the person with aphasia, to be given information, to be given support, to look after their own well-being, and to be able to cope with new responsibilities. A few participants reported that, at certain times during the rehabilitation process, they did not have any goals for themselves.

Conclusions & Implications: This study highlights that family members of individuals with aphasia have a number of aphasia-related rehabilitation goals for themselves. In order to provide a family-centred approach to rehabilitation, health professionals, including speech-language pathologists, need systematically to identify and address family members' goals in light of the categories revealed in this investigation.
Keyword Aphasia
Family members
Goals
Qualitative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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