Telepractice in the Assessment and Treatment of Individuals with Aphasia: A Systematic Review

Nerissa Hall, Michelle Boisvert, Richard Steele

Abstract


Telepractice involves the application of technology to deliver services over a geographical distance. Studies in which telepractice procedures were used in the assessment or treatment of individuals with aphasia were reviewed. Systematic searches identified 10 studies meeting inclusion criteria. These studies were evaluated in terms of the: (a) characteristics of the participants, (b) technology utilized (c), services delivered via telepractice (d), research methodology, and (e) results and conclusions of the study. Telepractice was used by speech-language pathologists and the allied health professionals to assist with the delivery of services to participants with aphasia by their caretakers or clinicians. The services delivered included appraisal, diagnostic assessments, interventions, and consultation. This review suggests that telepractice is a viable method of service delivery for individuals with aphasia and warrants additional research. Guidelines for practitioners and potential directions for future research are discussed.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2013.6119

  

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