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Sep 20, 2018

11th World Stroke Congress

STROKE AND APHASIA IN NORTH AMERICA: HIGHLIGHTS FROM A WHITE PAPER

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aphasia

rehabilitation

guidelines

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Aphasia affects millions of people in North America, yet incidence and prevalence statistics have been unclear. The primary etiology of aphasia is stroke. Aphasia affects a diverse population including men and women, diverse ethnic groups, all socioeconomic groups and all ages. The inability to communicate is devastating to people with aphasia and their families, yet we have no single accessible source describing the social, financial and life quality consequences of aphasia. A recently published comprehensive ‘white paper’ presents revised estimates of the frequency of aphasia in North America, epidemiology, life consequences, communication access issues and a description of services and service gaps (http://www.aphasiaaccess.org/). This poster will present highlights from the 140- page document that cites over 600 references. Examples relevant to stroke are provided, such as the following: • People with aphasia are less likely to be discharged home from inpatient settings than stroke patients without aphasia • Researchers found that among working aged people, those with aphasia was 28.4% compared to 44.7% for all working age stroke survivors. • Aphasia is associated with a high risk of depression, low mood or emotional problems; these often persist over time • Potential negative impacts on the health and emotional well-being of family members is a significant, and often overlooked, consequence of aphasia • Health care costs are higher for those with aphasia than for stroke survivors without aphasia Recommendations that draw from the extensive data presented in the report are offered.

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