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Training conversation partners of persons with communication disorders related to Parkinsons disease - a protocol and a pilot study

Journal article
Authors Emma Forsgren
Malin Antonsson
Charlotta Saldert
Published in Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 82-90
ISSN 1401-5439
Publication year 2013
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 82-90
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.3109/14015439.20...
Keywords cognition, communication, conversation partner training, Parkinson's disease, significant other, person-centred care
Subject categories Other Humanities, Logopedics and phoniatrics

Abstract

This paper reports on the adaptation of a training programme for conversation partners of persons with Parkinson's disease, and a protocol for assessment of possible changes in conversational interaction as a result of intervention. We present data from an explorative multiple case study with three individuals with Parkinson's disease and their spouses. Repeated analysis of natural conversational interaction and measures of the participants’ perception of communication as well as measures of different cognitive abilities were obtained. The results show that the communication in all three dyads was affected by both speech and language problems and that the conversation training model and the assessment protocol may work well after minor adjustments. Influence of different aspects of cognition on communication is discussed.

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