Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 4
Assessment of The Relationship Between The Results of The Language Assessment Test For Aphasia and The Level of Ambulation and Functional Independence In Individuals With Aphasia: a Retrospective Study
Özgü İnal1,Banu Müjdeci2,Meral Didem Türkyılmaz3
1Trakya Üniversitesi, Ergoterapi, Edirne, Türkiye
2Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi, Odyoloji, Ankara, Türkiye
3Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Odyoloji, Ankara, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.210 Objective: This study was planned to evaluate the relationship between the results of the Language Assessment Test for Aphasia and the level of ambulation and functional independence in aphasic individuals.

Patients and Methods: The medical records of individuals who have speech disorders after stroke were reviewed and demographic data and information about the disease were recorded. In determining the level of functional independence of individuals; Functional Independence Measure (FIM), determining the level of ambulation; Functional Ambulation Scale (FAS) and Language Assessment Test for Aphasia (ADD) were used in the evaluation of aphasia.

Results: The mean age of the subjects were 57.4±8.8 years, 11(23.4%) female and 36(76.6%) male. There was a statistically significant negative and moderate correlation between age and ADD scores(p<0.05). There was a statistically significant strong correlation between FIM Cognitive scores and ADD scores, moderate correlation between FIM Total and ADD scores and a significant moderate correlation between FAS and ADD scores. There was a statistically significant moderate correlation between ADD subtest of spontaneous speech and language, auditory comprehension, repetition, naming, reading, grammar and writing scores with FIM Total scores (p<0.05). There was a statistically significant strong correlation between spontaneous speech and language, auditory comprehension, repetition, naming, reading, grammar scores and FIM cognitive scores (p<0.001). A statistically significant moderate correlation was found between spontaneous speech and language, auditory comprehension and naming scores with FAS scores (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Our findings showed that the levels of ambulation and functional independence have been adversely affected in aphasic subjects with low ADD scores. Keywords : Stroke, aphasia, ambulation, independence