The number of patients with communication related impairments in acute hospital stroke units

O'Halloran, Robyn, Worrall, Linda E. and Hickson, Louise (2009) The number of patients with communication related impairments in acute hospital stroke units. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11 6: 438-449. doi:10.3109/17549500902741363

Author O'Halloran, Robyn
Worrall, Linda E.
Hickson, Louise
Title The number of patients with communication related impairments in acute hospital stroke units
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2009-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549500902741363
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 11
Issue 6
Start page 438
End page 449
Total pages 12
Editor S. McLeod
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject C1
920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Abstract Effective communication between patients who have had a stroke and their healthcare providers is vital. However, this may be difficult if patients have communication related impairments as a result of the stroke and/or have age related impairments that impact on their ability to communicate. This study sought to identify how many patients admitted into two acute hospital stroke units had a hearing, vision, speech, language and/or cognitive communicative impairment regardless of the cause. A total of 69 patients participated in this study. The majority (88%) of patients had one or more mild or more severe communication related impairments, 69% of patients had two or more communication related impairments and 39% of patients had three or more communication related impairments. The most common type of impairment was hearing impairment, followed by near vision impairment. That a high number of patients in acute hospital stroke units have communication related impairments suggests that many patients in acute stroke units may experience difficulty communicating their healthcare needs with healthcare providers and that alternative ways to support patients with communication related impairments in acute stroke units need to be available.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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