Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists International - Survey of SLT Services for Aphasia following Stroke

Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists International - Survey of SLT Services for Aphasia following Stroke

About CATs The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists Aphasia impacts on ability to speak, understand speech, read, write and perform simple calculations. Funded by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs) is an international network of multidisciplinary aphasia investigators in rehabilitation, social science, psychology and linguistics research from across more than 50 countries.

My name is Mathilde Tucker. As a master’s student of Speech and Language Pathology at Nijmegen University in the Netherlands, I’m  involved in a research project initiated by the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs), an international network of multidisciplinary aphasia investigators from across more than 50 countries. Professional guidance for my thesis is given by Dr. Evy Visch -Brink, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, dept of neurology; and Dr. Femke Nouwens, Rijndam Rehabilitation Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The aim of the project is to create an inventory of current Clinical Practice in aphasia diagnosis and treatment (i-CLIP) in the different European and surrounding countries. Developments in aphasia management, such as the application of evidence-based practice and person centred cares require corresponding developments in service provision.  Our goal is to identify differences and to find similarities in daily practice across Europe. This information is essential in developing new transnational aphasia research concerning diagnostic tools and therapy methods.

We have devised a survey that we would like speech therapists in different European countries to fill out in order to gather information on the organisation and content of aphasia treatment in their own clinical setting.  Hereby, we request your help. The survey was already sent to SLTs in different countries resulting in a first sample of responders. However, we aspire to collect responses from a minimum of 5 SLTs per country and that goal was not reached. Furthermore, a substantial number of countries are not represented in the current data set. 

Our question is: would you, as an SLT and member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, be willing to fill out this survey?

This short survey consists of 17 questions about different aspects of their clinical work. Information about the study can be found on the first page of the attached survey.

The completed survey can be sent to: mathilde.tucker@ru.nl​.

In order to gain high quality data it is of great importance that we receive many completed surveys. We are very grateful for your cooperation.  This is the first study with a comparison of the clinical practice in different countries, concerning the treatment of aphasic patients. The final result may contribute to an international standard of minimal requirements of an adequate rehabilitation of aphasic patients.

It is self-evident that the IASLT and yourself will receive a report of the final results.