Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Catherine Off, PhD, CCC-SLP
Carolyn Baylor, CCC-SLP, PhD, Jenna Griffin, CCC-SLP, MS, Kirsten Murray, LPC, PhD
patient perspectives, persons with aphasia (PWA), intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP), intensity, cohort model
University of Montana
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Introduction: Persons with aphasia (PWA) who participate in intensive comprehensive poststroke language rehabilitation programs make a variety of significant investments. While intensive aphasia programs and intensive comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPs) are becoming increasingly prevalent across health care settings, patient perspectives of ICAPs have not been explored. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine patient perspectives about the experience of participating in an ICAP at the University of Montana. The primary research question of this study was: “what is it like to be a PWA in an ICAP?” Methods: Researchers used an interpretive phenomenological approach to conduct nine structured interviews from PWAs who described their lived experiences in the ICAP. All interviews were audiovisually recorded and transcribed from the video recordings. Analysis involved an iterative and collaborative coding process. Transcripts were coded and themes were developed from the PWAs’ shared perspectives. Results: Three primary themes emerged from patient perspectives including: (1) experience with each of the ICAP components is generally positive, (2) we notice the impact of the ICAP on our communication, and (3) relationships with people in the ICAP are important. Discussion: Results support emerging evidence that ICAPs can be a positive experience for PWA due to the perceptible impact on communication improvement and frequent and varied opportunities to interact with others. ICAPs may be a worthwhile investment for PWA, thereby contributing to the cost-benefit utility and implementation feasibility of the service delivery model.
Leyhe, Anya A.; Off, Catherine A.; Baylor, Carolyn R.; Griffin, Jenna R.; and Murray, Kirsten W., "Patient Perspectives of an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program for Stroke Survivors" (2019). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11331.
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