Aphasia Therapy Data From the Midwest Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Aphasia Therapy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Anita S. Halper
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Leora R. Cherney
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics
Article   |   October 01, 2001
Aphasia Therapy
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2001, Vol. 11, 44. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.3.44
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2001, Vol. 11, 44. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.3.44
At a freestanding rehabilitation hospital and its associated off-site clinics in the Midwest, patients with aphasia are able to access speech-language services. These services are provided at various levels of care, including acute inpatient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation, and outpatient. Most patients with aphasia in our acute rehabilitation program are treated on the Stroke Unit, where staff are specifically trained to deal with patients with communication disorders. All patients receive individual treatment at least five times a week.
As part of a research project (H133B980021 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education), data are collected on stroke patients admitted to acute inpatient rehabilitation. From January 1998, through April 2000, 647 patients were admitted. Of these, 227 patients (35%) presented with aphasia and were provided speech-language services. The average length of stay was 29.3 days in 1998, 26.3 days in 1999, and 26.8 days in 2000. Although other co-existing problems are not taken into consideration, the presence and severity of aphasia was associated with an increase in length of stay (LOS). (See Table 1 for 1998 and 1999 data. LOS data for 2000 have not been aggregated for severity of aphasia because data entry is ongoing.)
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