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Current Research Projects – Aphasia Institute

SCA-Acute: Adapting Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCATM) in the Acute Care Setting

Description:

SCATM is an evidence-based method with potential to enable ‘critical conversations’ essential to quality of health care and key family relationships This project aims to adapt and assess the implementation of SCATM in an early acute care hospital setting.

Research study objectives include:

  1. To adapt, implement and assess a SCA intervention for stroke teams to improve communication required for effective care of patients with aphasia in the acute care setting 
  2. To adapt, implement and assess an SCA intervention for family members to improve communication between families and patients with aphasia in the acute care setting

Ethics approvals:

This project has been approved by:

North York General Hospital (NYGH) – REB #16-0016

Aphasia Institute Quality, Research & Ethics Committee – #2015-12

Current status:

Data analysis

Post-project implementation planning


Evaluation of the New Beginnings Program – Introduction to Living Successfully to Aphasia

Description:

The Aphasia Institute has initiated a research planning process to evaluate this 12-week introductory program that we offer, focusing on the impact of the program on people with aphasia and their communication partners/caregivers, in relation to the quality of life with aphasia and ability to participate in and support conversation.

Ethics approvals:

This project has been approved by:

Aphasia Institute Quality, Research & Ethics Committee – #2019-02

Current status:

The project is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 closures.

"The training I attended at the Aphasia Institute served to enhance my existing skills in communicating with persons with aphasia and provided me with an abundance of new knowledge and strategies. I feel confident now that I can better communicate with my patients/clients as well as train other professionals and support personnel to communicate effectively with persons with aphasia. The staff are professional and bring a wealth of experience to the table. Great courses!"
- Speech-Language Pathologist who completed the Full Training Institute
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