OBJECTIVE: To develop the naming, reading and imitation skills management programme through mobile application of patients with severe Broca’s Aphasia.
METHODS: A pilot study with eight patients was carried out. Purposive non-probability sampling technique was used to recruit the patients with severe Broca’s aphasia who received therapy through mobile application. It contains three domains: naming, reading and imitation. The programme was developed in Urdu language. Study was conducted in Yusra General Hospital, Islamabad and Railway Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The inclusion criteria were patients above age of 40 and three months of stroke with diagnosis of chronic Broca’s Aphasias, while patients with severe cognitive impairment were excluded. The pre and post score of patients was recorded. Treatment protocol included 30-45 mints sessions, 4 days per week for total of 8 weeks. Data for each patient was analyzed based on their pre and post intervention scores.
RESULTS: According to demographic variations 50.0% people lie in the age range 40-50 while 50.0% of people were 51-60 years. The mean age of sample was 49 years and 87% of participants were right handed. The pretest score on repetition was 16.25± 6.96 and post-test was 60.5±9.11 (p-value=0.000). The pretest score on naming was 49.75± 26.28 and post-test was 111.25±31.38 (p-value=0.000). The pretest reading score was 31.75±10.87 and post-test scores was 67.50±17.13 (p-value=0.000).
CONCLUSION: It is concluded from the results that the naming, reading and imitation skills improved in patients with severe Broca’s aphasia through management applications.
KEY WORDS: Aphasia (MeSH), Broca’s Aphasia (MeSH), Language Disorder (MeSH), Android management application (Non-MeSH)
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