Effects of Epilepsy on Language Functions: Scoping Review and Data Mining Findings Purpose This study involved a scoping review to identify possible gaps in the empirical description of language functioning in epilepsy in adults. With access to social network data, data mining was used to determine if individuals with epilepsy are expressing language-related concerns. Method For the scoping review, scientific ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 2018
Effects of Epilepsy on Language Functions: Scoping Review and Data Mining Findings
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Manaswita Dutta
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Laura Murray
    School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Wendy Miller
    School of Nursing, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Doyle Groves
    School of Nursing, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Manaswita Dutta: mdutta@indiana.edu
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Daniel Kempler
    Associate Editor: Daniel Kempler×
  • Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: Select Papers From the 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference.
    Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: Select Papers From the 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference.×
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Special Issue: Select Papers From the 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference / Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 2018
Effects of Epilepsy on Language Functions: Scoping Review and Data Mining Findings
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, March 2018, Vol. 27, 350-378. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0195
History: Received October 31, 2016 , Revised June 9, 2017 , Accepted August 29, 2017
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, March 2018, Vol. 27, 350-378. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0195
History: Received October 31, 2016; Revised June 9, 2017; Accepted August 29, 2017

Purpose This study involved a scoping review to identify possible gaps in the empirical description of language functioning in epilepsy in adults. With access to social network data, data mining was used to determine if individuals with epilepsy are expressing language-related concerns.

Method For the scoping review, scientific databases were explored to identify pertinent articles. Findings regarding the nature of epilepsy etiologies, patient characteristics, tested language modalities, and language measures were compiled. Data mining focused on social network databases to obtain a set of relevant language-related posts.

Results The search yielded 66 articles. Epilepsy etiologies except temporal lobe epilepsy and older adults were underrepresented. Most studies utilized aphasia tests and primarily assessed single-word productions; few studies included healthy control groups. Data mining revealed several posts regarding epilepsy-related language problems, including word retrieval, reading, writing, verbal memory difficulties, and negative effects of epilepsy treatment on language.

Conclusion Our findings underscore the need for future specification of the integrity of language in epilepsy, particularly with respect to discourse and high-level language abilities. Increased awareness of epilepsy-related language issues and understanding the patients' perspectives about their language concerns will allow researchers and speech-language pathologists to utilize appropriate assessments and improve quality of care.

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