Computer use by people with aphasia: a survey investigation

Finch, Emma and Hill, Anne J. (2014) Computer use by people with aphasia: a survey investigation. Brain Impairment, 15 2: 107-119. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2014.17

Author Finch, Emma
Hill, Anne J.
Title Computer use by people with aphasia: a survey investigation
Journal name Brain Impairment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1443-9646
Publication date 2014-09
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/BrImp.2014.17
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 107
End page 119
Total pages 13
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Computers are encountered increasingly in the clinical setting, including during aphasia rehabilitation. However, currently we do not know what people with apha- sia think about using computers in therapy and daily life, or to what extent people with aphasia use computers in their everyday life. The present study explored: (1) the use of computers by people with aphasia; and (2) the perceptions of people with aphasia towards computers and computer-based therapy. Thirty-four peo- ple with aphasia completed an aphasia-friendly paper-based survey about their use of computers before and after the onset of their aphasia, and their attitudes towards computer-based aphasia therapy. There was a high level of computer usage by people with aphasia both before and after the onset of their aphasia. However, the nature of the computer use changed following aphasia onset, with a move away from work-based usage. The majority of the cohort used computers for aphasia therapy and liked using computer-based aphasia therapy, provided that the programs were perceived as appropriate for their individual needs. The re- sults highlight the importance of exposing people with aphasia to computer-based aphasia therapy in a supported clinical environment, and the need to ensure that computer-based therapy is individualised for each client. It should be noted, how- ever, that while the majority of participants reported positive experiences with using computers, this does not mean that the computer-based therapy software used was necessarily an effective treatment for aphasia.
Keyword Aphasia
Computer-based aphasia therapy
Computer usage
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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