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ERIC Number: EJ1005168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 93
ISSN: ISSN-1058-0360
An Evidence-Based Systematic Review on Communication Treatments for Individuals with Right Hemisphere Brain Damage
Blake, Margaret Lehman; Frymark, Tobi; Venedictov, Rebecca
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, v22 n1 p146-160 Feb 2013
Purpose: The purpose of this review is to evaluate and summarize the research evidence related to the treatment of individuals with right hemisphere communication disorders. Method: A comprehensive search of the literature using key words related to right hemisphere brain damage and communication treatment was conducted in 27 databases (e.g., PubMed, CINAHL). On the basis of a set of pre-established clinical questions, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and search parameters, studies investigating sentence- or discourse-level treatments were identified and evaluated for methodological quality. Data regarding participant, intervention, and outcome variables were reported. Results: Only 5 studies were identified, each representing a different sentence- or discourse-level treatment approach and reporting a wide range of prosodic, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic outcomes. Conclusion: Although the state of the evidence pertaining to right hemisphere communication treatments is at a very preliminary stage, some positive findings were identified to assist speech-language pathologists who are working with individuals with right hemisphere brain damage. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are explored. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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