The Expectations and Experiences of the Speech and Language Therapy Service in Stroke Rehabilitation: The Perspective of the Spouse
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: There has been limited research focussing directly on the Speech and Language Therapy service (SLT) and an increased demand to improve Stroke Rehabilitation services in Wales. This study has therefore explored the experiences and expectations of the spouses of aphasic individuals in relation to the SLT Stroke Rehabilitation Service in Wales. Methods and Procedures: Semi-structured face to face interviews were conducted with four female participants whose partners had moderate to severe expressive aphasia. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyse the data in order to explore the spouses’ lived experiences of the SLT service and group them according to superordinate themes. Outcomes and Results: The detailed analysis resulted in the formulation of four broad categories: ‘The Impact of the Communication Difficulty’, ‘Expectations for the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service’, ‘Experiences of the SLT Service’ and ‘Recommendations for the SLT Service’. The qualitative methodology used in this study has provided original research into the SLT service within stroke rehabilitation based on lived experiences. Conclusions: Although aspects of service provision have met spouses’ needs there are shortcomings within SLT Stroke Rehabilitation service in Wales. An evident need to investigate spouses’ informational requirements at various stages of the SLT rehabilitation process has emerged from this study. In addition, due to a misconception about the Stroke Association being a deviation from the SLT service, an investigation into the perceived relationship between the services may highlight a need to make this relationship more explicit.
B.Sc.(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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