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Post-stroke aphasia prognosis: a review of patient-related and stroke-related factors.
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PMID:  21395923     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Rationale, aims and objectives  Recovery of language function in individuals with post-stroke aphasia is associated with a variety of patient and stroke-related indices. Amidst a complex interaction of a multitude of variables, clinicians are faced with the arduous challenge of predicting aphasia recovery patterns and subsequently, long-term outcomes in these individuals. Unfortunately, predictive factors are highly variable making prognosis of aphasia recovery difficult. Therefore, the objective of this review was to assess the influence of patient-related and stroke-related factors on language recovery in individuals with post-stroke aphasia. Methods  We completed a literature review to assess and identify evidence-based patient and stroke-related variables shown to be influential in aphasia recovery. Results  A range of patient-related (gender, handedness, age, education, socio-economic status and intelligence) and stroke-related indices (initial severity, lesion site and lesion size) were identified as potential influential factors to post-stroke aphasia recovery. Initial severity of aphasia emerged as the factor most predictive of long-term aphasia recovery. Other influential factors of post-stroke language recovery included lesion site and size. Conclusions  Stroke-related factors, including aphasia severity, lesion site and lesion size, appear most critical to post-stroke aphasia recovery. The findings presented in this review offer clinicians an evidenced-based framework to assist in prediction of post-stroke aphasia recovery patterns and subsequent long-term functional communication outcomes.
Emily Plowman; Brecken Hentz; Charles Ellis
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of evaluation in clinical practice     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2753     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609066     Medline TA:  J Eval Clin Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA Staff Therapist, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences & Research, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.
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