An Evidence-Based Systematic Review on Communication Treatments for Individuals With Right Hemisphere Brain Damage Purpose The purpose of this review is to evaluate and summarize the research evidence related to the treatment of individuals with right hemisphere communication disorders. Method A comprehensive search of the literature using key words related to right hemisphere brain damage and communication treatment was conducted in 27 databases ... Review
Review  |   February 2013
An Evidence-Based Systematic Review on Communication Treatments for Individuals With Right Hemisphere Brain Damage
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Margaret Lehman Blake
    University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Tobi Frymark
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
  • Rebecca Venedictov
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
  • Correspondence to Tobi Frymark: tfrymark@asha.org
  • Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer
    Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer×
  • Associate Editor: Carl Coelho
    Associate Editor: Carl Coelho×
  • © 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Article Information
Special Populations / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Review
Review   |   February 2013
An Evidence-Based Systematic Review on Communication Treatments for Individuals With Right Hemisphere Brain Damage
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2013, Vol. 22, 146-160. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/12-0021)
History: Received March 1, 2012 , Revised June 28, 2012 , Accepted July 27, 2012
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2013, Vol. 22, 146-160. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/12-0021)
History: Received March 1, 2012; Revised June 28, 2012; Accepted July 27, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 3

Purpose The purpose of this review is to evaluate and summarize the research evidence related to the treatment of individuals with right hemisphere communication disorders.

Method A comprehensive search of the literature using key words related to right hemisphere brain damage and communication treatment was conducted in 27 databases (e.g., PubMed, CINAHL). On the basis of a set of pre-established clinical questions, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and search parameters, studies investigating sentence- or discourse-level treatments were identified and evaluated for methodological quality. Data regarding participant, intervention, and outcome variables were reported.

Results Only 5 studies were identified, each representing a different sentence- or discourse-level treatment approach and reporting a wide range of prosodic, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic outcomes.

Conclusion Although the state of the evidence pertaining to right hemisphere communication treatments is at a very preliminary stage, some positive findings were identified to assist speech-language pathologists who are working with individuals with right hemisphere brain damage. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are explored.

Acknowledgments
This evidence-based systematic review was supported by ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (NCEP). We thank Laura Cannon, NCEP’s research associate, for the completion of the systematic literature search. We thank the authors of the articles studied as well as others participating in ongoing and future research for their contributions to the evidence.
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