Do caregiver proxy reports and congruence of client-proxy activity participation goals relate to quality of life in people with aphasia?

CONCLUSIONS &IMPLICATIONS: PWA have a variety of activity participation goals that can be integrated into intervention plans. Dependence on proxy respondents should be reduced as much as possible to support self-determination for PWA. What this paper adds What is already known on the subject Achieving activity participation goals is a key factor in QOL for PWA, but communicating about participation goals can be difficult for many of them. Because proxy reports by caregivers may not accurately reflect the interests and participation goals of PWA, this study examined how both PWA and their caregivers responded to an aphasia-friendly assessment for determining participation goals, and then compared level of agreement about these goals to QOL. Because activity participation is known to be an important factor in QOL, the reason for investigating how agreement relates to QOL is that caregivers' awareness of their loved ones' unique participation goals likely facilitates increased participation by PWA in their ongoing desired activities. The relationship between PWA-caregiver agreement regarding participation goals and QOL in PWA had not yet been investigated before this study. What this paper adds to existing knowledge This study adds additional as well as confirmatory information to the existing literature about life participation goals of community-dwelling individuals with chronic aphasia. Top activities endorsed by a group of 25 PWA are reported within four activity domains...
Source: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Int J Lang Commun Disord Source Type: research

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Source: NeuroRehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: NeuroRehabilitation Source Type: research
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Source: Neurology Clinical Practice - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: MRI, All Cerebrovascular disease/Stroke, Aphasia, Apraxia Research Source Type: research
Source: Aphasiology - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: J Neurosurg Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Clin Linguist Phon Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Neurolinguistics - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: J Speech Lang Hear Res Source Type: research
Source: Aphasiology - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Source Type: research
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