Discourse level reading comprehension interventions following acquired brain injury: a systematic review

Watter, Kerrin, Copley, Anna and Finch, Emma (2016) Discourse level reading comprehension interventions following acquired brain injury: a systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-23. doi:10.3109/09638288.2016.1141241


Author Watter, Kerrin
Copley, Anna
Finch, Emma
Title Discourse level reading comprehension interventions following acquired brain injury: a systematic review
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5165
0963-8288
Publication date 2016-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2016.1141241
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
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Purpose Reading comprehension can change following acquired brain injury (ABI), impacting independence and participation. This review aims to identify and evaluate the interventions used for rehabilitation of discourse level reading in adults with ABI. Methods A systematic review was conducted of published journal articles. Methodological quality of studies was reviewed using formal and informal rating scales. Inclusion criteria involved adults with non-progressive ABI who experienced discourse level reading deficits related to aphasia or cognitive-communication disorders. Results A total of 23 studies were identified; these included randomized controlled trials, cohort and case studies. Six different types of reading interventions were found, overall results of these interventions were mixed. Reading deficits were reportedly related to language (aphasia) and/or cognitive deficits, with assessment processes varying. Questions arose regarding comparability of assessment methods and diagnostic issues across the studies. Conclusions Interventions for discourse level reading comprehension can make positive changes to reading function. However, no intervention was identified as a gold standard. A trend toward strategy-based reading was found, with these offering a potential for (comparatively) cost-effective lower-dosage reading treatments with positive-trend results. Cognitive and language features should be considered for assessment and intervention planning for discourse reading in ABI.
Keyword Acquired brain injury
Reading comprehension
Speech pathology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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