Prognosis and Predictors of Recovery

This Working Group aims to plan, conduct and facilitate research into the prognosis and predictors of recovery from aphasia after a stroke. Research carried out in this Working Group is centered around using existing resources such as completed studies to investigate the factors that might help a person with aphasia recover. Plans also include setting up an aphasia registry across participating countries. This group also seeks to help in the training and development of new researchers by facilitating PhDs studentships and training opportunities.

Projects are described below.

REhabilitation and recovery of peopLE with Aphasia after StrokE (RELEASE)

Background: Aphasia, a language problem associated with stroke-related damage to the brain, occurs in approximately 50,600 people in the UK every year. People with aphasia have difficulty speaking, understanding speech, reading and writing. Speech and language therapy for aphasia after stroke has benefit.

However, therapists need better information to inform their choice of the best treatment option for specific patients. Therapy could be even more effective if it could be tailored to individual patients’ needs. Therapists often asked to advise on recovery, have little high quality information to support them in providing such guidance.

Aim: This study aims to explore the contribution the characteristics of therapy, the individuals themselves, their stroke and aphasia makes to their rehabilitation and prognosis.

International Population Registry for Aphasia after Stroke (I-PRAISE)

Those with aphasia who are included in RCTs represent only a small proportion of those who are affected by post-stroke aphasia in the wider clinical population. the evidence base for therapy which is generated from these participants may not be applicable to all of those with aphasia who are typically seen in clinics and hospitals. We seek to address gaps in knowledge by examining recovery and service provision for aphasia across Europe.

Aims :

  • Describe the clinical aphasia population across Europe
  • Describe the clinical treatments for aphasia after stroke in the general population across Europe
  • Examine the outcomes after clinical intervention for aphasia, across different countries

Aphasia telerehabilitation early post stroke (PhD Fellowship)

Team: Hege Prag Øra, Frank Becker, Melanie Kirmess, Marian Brady

Funder: Regional Health Trust South East Norway, full time grant for equivalent of 3 years FTE. Start: 1st Aug 2015 End 31st July 2019 (over 4 years)

Transforming access to cost effective aphasia services: the Australian Aphasia Centre for Research Excellence

Team: Linda Worrall, Miranda Rose, Leanne Togher, Tim Shaw, David Copland, Lyndsey Nickels, Erin Godecke, Marian Brady, Julie Bernhardt, Geoffrey Donnan, Dominic Cadillac, Anne Hill, Emma Power, Nina Simmons-Mackie, Deborah Hersh, Robyn O’Halloran

Funder: Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council. Submission Jan 2016