Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, Vol 6, No 1 (2015)

Current Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathologists who Treat Individuals with Aphasia: A Grounded Theory Study

Christen Page, Dana Howell
Issued Date: 30 Jan 2015


Little is known about the current practices of speech- language pathologists working with people with aphasia in rehabilitation settings, or to what extent speech-language pathologists incorporate evidence for aphasia in clinical practice. This systematic grounded theory study described how speech- language pathologists treating individuals with aphasia understood the major processes of their current practice. Ten speech- language pathologists were interviewed. A theory emerged demonstrating a process of connecting with patients with aphasia to meet their communication needs to develop treatment strategies. This process evolved as the clinician gained experience from empirical evidence, client perspectives, and clinical expertise. During their graduate programs, participants obtained knowledge related to evidence-based practice but reported difficulty implementing evidence during actual practice. Participants reported limited time to locate and read literature. Understanding the process speech- language pathologists used to select treatment for people with aphasia may influence the role of evidence in clinical practice.

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DOI: 10.1558/jircd.v6i1.1


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