A phase 1 investigation of the AUSTIN I-CAP

Project description and Aims

This study aims to pilot an intensive comprehensive aphasia group program for two days per week over three months. The study is tailored to people with chronic aphasia and investigates the effects of this program on improving functional communication, mood, social networks, and quality of life.  

Funding body

Anonymous philanthropic donation

Design and method

The Austin ICAP is a novel and previously untested intensive aphasia rehabilitation program. The project is designed as a Phase One pilot, quasi-experimental pre-post design, using standardised and validated outcome measures. Blinded assessors will be used for all outcome assessments. Approximately eight-ten people with aphasia and their carers will be recruited for the study.

Benefits

This pilot study will investigate the possible positive effects of an intensive comprehensive aphasia program for participants with chronic aphasia. It will investigate the effects on participant communication, mood, social participation and quality of life, as well as carer burden and mood. Effect sizes will be calculated for use in planning future larger and well-powered studies.

Project members

  • Lauren Kovesy (Austin Health)
  • Associate Professor Miranda Rose (La Trobe University)
  • Rhonda Holmes (Austin Health)

Date commenced

2015

Expected date of completion

2015