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The top ten research priorities in aphasia from the perspective of various stakeholder groups (people with aphasia, carers and healthcare professionals)
Harhen, Dearbhla
Background Pollock et al (2012) conducted a study using the James Lind Alliance methodology to identify the top ten research priorities relating to life after stroke from the perspective of various stakeholders. Results identified the area of aphasia as one of the top 10 research priorities in stroke. Purpose In this study, the authors aimed to identify the top ten research priorities in aphasia from the perspective of people with aphasia (PWA), carers and health care professionals. Method Participants were PWA (n=21), carers (n=7) and health care professionals (n=18). Thirty four proposed research priorities were given to each participant for ranking. These 34 had been identified in the study by Pollock et al (2012). PWA completed the questionnaire with assistance from the student researchers, using aphasia friendly strategies where needed as suggested by the literature (Dalemans et al 2009). Health care professionals completed the questionnaire via an online survey. Results The results revealed many differences in the chosen research priorities of each of the stakeholder groups. Two research priorities converged across all groups. These research priorities related to the delivery of speech and language therapy: • When is the best time after a stroke to deliver speech and language therapy? • Which speech and language therapy treatments work best for aphasia? Conclusions • The top ten research priorities in aphasia have been identified (See table 1). • PWA can successfully be included in research. • PWA, carers and health care professionals have many different perspectives on what priorities are important in research. • Limited research has been conducted in the top ten priority areas.
Keyword(s): aphasia; carers; healthcare professionals
Publication Date:
2015
Type: Master thesis (research)
Peer-Reviewed: No
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Publisher(s): University of Limerick
Supervisor(s): Franklin, Sue
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