Communicating simply, but not too simply – reporting of participants and speech and language interventions for aphasia after stroke

Marian Brady*, Myzoon Ali, Kathryn VandenBerg, Linda J. Williams, Louise R. Williams, Masahiro Abo, Frank Becker, Audrey Bowen, Caitlin Brandenburg, Caterina Breitenstein, Steffanie Bruehl, David A. Copland, Tamara B. Cranfill, Marie di Pietro-Bachmann, Pamela Enderby, Joanne Fillingham, Federica Lucia Galli, Maria-Luisa Gandolfi, Bertrand Glize, Erin GodeckeNeil Hawkins, Katerina Hilari, Jacqueline Hinckley, Simon Horton, David Howard, Petra Jaecks, Elizabeth Jeffries, Luis M.T. Jesus, Maria Kambanaros, Eun Kyoung Kang, Eman M. Khedr, Anthony Pak-Hin Kong Kong, Tarja Kukkonen, Marina Laganaro, Matthew A. Lambon Ralph, Ann Charlotte Laska, Béatrice Leeman, Alexander P. Leff, Roxele R. Lima, Antje Lorenz, Brian MacWhinney, Rebecca Shisler Marshall, Flavia Mattioli, Ilknur Mavis, Marcus Meinzer, Reza Nilipour, Enrique Noe, Nam-Jong Paik, Rebecca Palmer, Ilias Papathanasiou , Brigida F. Patricio, Isabel Pavão Martins, Cathy Price, Tatjana Prizl Jakovac , Elizabeth Rochon, Miranda L. Rose, Charlotte Rosso, Ilona Rubi-Fessen , Marina B. Ruiter , Claerwen Snell , Benjamin Stahl , Jerzy P. Szaflarski , Shirley A. Thomas , Meike van de Sandt-Koenderman, Ineke van der Meulen, Evy Visch-Brink, Linda Worrall, Heather Harris Wright

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Background. Speech and language pathology (SLP) for aphasia is a complex intervention delivered to a heterogeneous population within diverse settings. Simplistic descriptions of participants and interventions in research hinders replication, interpretation of results, guideline and research developments through secondary data analyses.

Aim. To describe the availability of participant and intervention descriptors in existing aphasia research datasets.

Method. Systematically identified aphasia research datasets contained ≥ 10 participants, time since stroke and a measure of language ability. We extracted participant and SLP intervention descriptions and considered the availability of data compared to historical and current reporting standards. We developed an extension to the TIDieR checklist to support
meaningful classification of the SLP interventions to support secondary data synthesis and analysis.

Result. Of 11,314 identified records we screened 1131 full texts and received 75 dataset contributions. We extracted data from 99 additional public domain datasets. Participant age (97.1%) and sex (90.8%) were commonly available. Prior stroke (25.8%), living context (12.1%) and socio-economic status (2.3%) were rarely available. Therapy impairment target,
frequency and duration were most commonly available but predominately described at group level. Home practice (46.3%) and tailoring (functional relevance 46.3%) were inconsistently available.

Discussion. Gaps in the availability of participant and intervention details were significant, hampering clinical implementation of evidence into practice and development of our field of research.

Conclusion. Improvements in the quality and consistency of participant and intervention data reported in aphasia research are required to maximise clinical implementation, replication in research and the generation of insights from secondary data analysis.
Systematic review registration PROSPERO CRD42018110947

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Speech Language Pathology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Mar 2020


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Brady, M., Ali, M., VandenBerg, K., Williams, L. J., Williams, L. R., Abo, M., Becker, F., Bowen, A., Brandenburg, C., Breitenstein, C., Bruehl, S., Copland, D. A., Cranfill, T. B., di Pietro-Bachmann, M., Enderby, P., Fillingham, J., Galli, F. L., Gandolfi, M-L., Glize, B., ... Harris Wright, H. (Accepted/In press). Communicating simply, but not too simply – reporting of participants and speech and language interventions for aphasia after stroke. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology.