A meta-analysis of clinical outcomes in the treatment of aphasia

J Speech Lang Hear Res. 1998 Feb;41(1):172-87. doi: 10.1044/jslhr.4101.172.


An extensive search of aphasia-treatment literature yielded 55 reports of clinical outcomes satisfying the essential criteria for inclusion in a meta-analysis. The results confirmed those of an earlier meta-analysis in demonstrating the utility of aphasia treatments, generally considered, for bringing about desirable clinical outcomes. Beyond the general case, the new findings address clinical utility in finer detail than was previously possible. Effects of treatment for aphasia are synthesized and assessed for each of four important dimensions: amount of treatment, type of treatment, severity of aphasia, and type of aphasia.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aphasia / diagnosis
  • Aphasia / rehabilitation*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome