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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Conversational Partner Training Programmes in Aphasia: A Review of Key Themes and Participants' Roles

Turner, S., & Whitworth, A. (2006).
Aphasiology, 20(6), 483-510.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of scientific controlled research studies evaluating the effectiveness of conversational partner training for individuals with aphasia.

Question(s) Addressed:

 Question not specifically stated.

Population: Adults with acquired aphasia due to stroke, and their conversational partners

Intervention/Assessment: One-to-one or group training designed to change the conversational partner's interaction style

Number of Studies Included: 9

Years Included: through May 2004



  • Service Delivery
    • Provider
      • Communication Partner - Conversation partner programs reported favorable outcomes for adults with aphasia. "However, the omission of detailed information pertaining to the conversation partner (i.e., selection criteria and participant description), together with other methodological weaknesses of some of the study designs, reduces the clinical applicability of the results of the studies reported here" (507).

Keywords: Aphasia, Stroke

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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