The feasibility and impacts of a community aphasia group

Project description and Aims

This study aims to pilot a community health service initiated aphasia group program and measure impacts on communication, mood, social networks and quality of life.  

Funding body

Not funded

Design and method

The Merri Community Aphasia Group (CAG) is a 12 x 1.5 hour program run once per fortnight over 24 weeks. The project is designed as a Phase One pilot, quasi-experimental pre-post design, using standardised and validated outcome measures. 

Assessments will be carried out at baseline, immediately after treatment and at a 6-week follow up. Outcome measures include participant communication confidence, participation in conversation, social networks, mood, and quality of life. Blinded assessors will be used for all outcome assessments. The study will recruit between eight-ten people with aphasia and their carers.

Benefits

This pilot study investigates the possible positive effects of the Merri CAG. Effect sizes will be calculated for use in planning future larger and well-powered studies.

Project members

  • Miranda Rose
  • Danica Dalton (Speech Pathologist, Merri Community Health Centre)
  • Lucie Lanyon
  • Michelle Attard

Date commenced

2015

Expected date of completion

2016