Journal article

Aphasia LIFT: Exploratory investigation of an intensive comprehensive aphasia programme

Amy D Rodriguez, Linda Worrall, Kyla Brown, Brooke Grohn, Eril McKinnon, Charlene Pearson, Sophia Van Hees, Tracy Roxbury, Petrea Cornwell, Anna MacDonald, Anthony Angwin, Elizabeth Cardell, Bronwyn Davidson, David A Copland

APHASIOLOGY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Background: Intensive comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPs) are gaining popularity in the international aphasia rehabilitation community. ICAPs comprise at least three hours of treatment per day over at least two weeks, have definable start and end dates for one cohort and use a variety of formats including individual treatment, group therapy, education and technology to improve language and communication. While intensive treatment approaches have demonstrated equivocal results on impairment-based measures, positive changes on activity/participation measures provide support for ICAPs in rehabilitation of chronic aphasia. Aphasia Language Impairment and Functional Therapy (LIFT) is a researc..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Rehabilitation Council (NHMRC) Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was provided by the National Health and Medical Rehabilitation Council (NHMRC) Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation (Grant # 569935). DC was funded by an Australia Research Council Future Fellowship and NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. The University of Queensland Aphasia Registry is acknowledged as a source of participant recruitment. We also wish to acknowledge Lucy Lyons, Shiree Heath, Caitlin Brandenburg, Rachelle Pitt, Alexia Rohde and the student volunteers who contributed to LIFT. Finally, we acknowledge the individuals with aphasia and their family members for their participation in the programme.