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      ‘Living with Aphasia the Best Way I Can': A Feasibility Study Exploring Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for People with Aphasia

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          Objective: Post-stroke aphasia can profoundly affect a person's social and emotional well-being. This study explored the feasibility of solution-focused brief therapy as an accessible intervention and investigated its impact on participants' psychosocial well-being. Participants and Methods: This is a small-scale repeated-measures feasibility study. Participants received between 3 and 5 therapy sessions. They were assessed on psychosocial outcome measures before and after therapy and took part in post-therapy in-depth qualitative interviews. Three men and 2 women with chronic aphasia took part (age range: 40s-70s). Results: Participants found the therapy acceptable, and it was possible to adapt the approach so as to be communicatively accessible. Quantitative assessments showed encouraging trends in improved mood [pre-therapy General Health Questionnaire 12-item version (GHQ-12): mean (SD): 4.80 (4.60), median: 6; post-therapy GHQ-12: mean (SD): 2.00 (2.55), median: 1] and improved communicative participation [pre-therapy Communicative Participation Item Bank (CPIB): mean (SD): 7.80 (5.76), median: 7; post-therapy CPIB: mean (SD): 12.20 (4.44), median: 14]. Measures of social network and connectedness, however, remained stable. Themes emerging from the qualitative analysis included changes to mood, communicative participation, mobility, and everyday activities. Conclusions: This small-scale study suggests that solution-focused brief therapy is a promising approach to helping people with aphasia build positive change in their lives.

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                Folia Phoniatr Logop
                Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
                Folia Phoniatr Logop
                S. Karger AG (Basel, Switzerland karger@ 123456karger.com http://www.karger.com )
                January 2016
                21 January 2016
                : 67
                : 3
                : 156-167
                aDivision of Language and Communication Science, School of Health Sciences, City University London and bCentre for Mental Health Research, School of Health Sciences, City University London, and cSpeech and Language Therapy Department, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
                FPL2015067003156 Folia Phoniatr Logop 2015;67:156-167
                © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel

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