Patient-Reported Outcomes for Acquired Dysarthria The purpose of this article is to review the state of the art in patient-reported outcome (PRO) development for acquired dysarthria for clinicians and researchers interested in adding the patient's perspective to the information they garner from their standard assessment repertoire. In particular, the author summarizes what PROs are available ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Patient-Reported Outcomes for Acquired Dysarthria
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  • Neila J. Donovan
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
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    Neila Donovan is an assistant professor in the Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Baton Rouge, LA, and director of the Communication Outcomes Research Lab at LSU (https://sites.google.com/site/comdcorlab/). Her research involves using objective measurement methodology and computerized adaptive test application to develop treatment outcome measures of functional cognition and communicative effectiveness for individuals with acquired neurologic communication disorders including PD, TBI, stroke, and dementia. Donovan is also a practicing speech-language pathologist who has more than 20 years of experience in the cognitive and communicative rehabilitation of adults with acquired neurologic communication disorders.
    Neila Donovan is an assistant professor in the Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Baton Rouge, LA, and director of the Communication Outcomes Research Lab at LSU (https://sites.google.com/site/comdcorlab/). Her research involves using objective measurement methodology and computerized adaptive test application to develop treatment outcome measures of functional cognition and communicative effectiveness for individuals with acquired neurologic communication disorders including PD, TBI, stroke, and dementia. Donovan is also a practicing speech-language pathologist who has more than 20 years of experience in the cognitive and communicative rehabilitation of adults with acquired neurologic communication disorders.×
  • Disclosure: Neila J. Donovan received grant funds as Principal Investigator for Veterans Administration (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations Pre-Doctoral Associated Health Rehabilitation Research Fellowship (2004–2005) and the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Associate Investigator Award (2005–2007).
    Disclosure: Neila J. Donovan received grant funds as Principal Investigator for Veterans Administration (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations Pre-Doctoral Associated Health Rehabilitation Research Fellowship (2004–2005) and the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Associate Investigator Award (2005–2007).×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Dysarthria / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2012
Patient-Reported Outcomes for Acquired Dysarthria
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2012, Vol. 22, 152-159. doi:10.1044/nnsld22.4.152
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2012, Vol. 22, 152-159. doi:10.1044/nnsld22.4.152

The purpose of this article is to review the state of the art in patient-reported outcome (PRO) development for acquired dysarthria for clinicians and researchers interested in adding the patient's perspective to the information they garner from their standard assessment repertoire. In particular, the author summarizes what PROs are available at this time for researchers and clinicians treating individuals with acquired motor speech disorders. At this time, for the motor speech population, few valid and reliable PRO measures exist, and those that do are in various stages of development. Although each PRO measures a different aspect of treatment outcome, each offers an alternative to having no input from the patient's perspective at all.

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