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Aphasia: Care and Management

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Aphasia is the most common language disorder post-stroke, affecting one-third of all patients diagnosed with stroke. When a patient experiences speech difficulty, word-finding difficulty, or speaks with made-up or inappropriate language, they are likely to be experiencing aphasia.

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Aphasia is the most common language disorder post-stroke, affecting one-third of all patients diagnosed with stroke. Communication is a complex neural process. It involves a careful sequence of expression, muscle movements, breathing, speaking, and comprehension. When a patient who has had a stroke experiences speech difficulty, word-finding difficulty, or speaks with made-up or inappropriate language, they are highly likely to be experiencing aphasia.

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Annette Horton
Annette Horton is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years extensive nursing, rehabilitation and management experience. Since 2004 Annette has held a Nurse Unit Manager position of a regional rehabilitation unit in Queensland. Annette is a member of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association (ARNA) and has presented several papers at ARNA national conferences. Annette has her own nursing blog entitled Nurseconvo, and more recently has become a contributing writer for Ausmed. Interests include stroke, rehabilitation, continence, leadership and management, coaching and case management.
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Nicola baker
13 Jun 2020
Really good concise information, great tips on helping patients too.
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Merridee Arcus
09 Jun 2020
Great resource confirming existing knowledge. Recommended.
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bernie harbrow
15 Jun 2020
very informative especially about which parts of the brain affect which parts of the speech.
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Catherine Sinclair
10 Jan 2021
Extremely informative and helpful.Good,practical advice for nurses to ensure they can better communicate with patients who suffer from aphasia.
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Chris lynch
21 Jun 2020
Good way of increasing knowledge and reflection
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Pauline Nolan
13 Jun 2020
Excellent Clear Consise
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maricor Garchitorena
20 Jun 2020
Short topic but substantial Practical and valuable especially we are busy as a bee so it helps stimulate my braincells too.
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Morgan
13 Jun 2020
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Theresa Cain
13 Jun 2020
Informative
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Beverley Austin
14 Jun 2020
Easy to read and understand, appropriate for various diagnosis
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