People with Aphasia: capacity to consent, research participation and intervention inequalities

The article I chose to write a summary on shows evidence from a randomized controlled trial that stroke victims with Aphasia are often excluded from studies on strokes. Aphasia is caused by brain damage which affects the ability to understand, and express speech often caused by a stroke.  A stroke injures frontal regions of the left hemisphere, this causes different language issues to arise. The left hemisphere of the brain is important for putting words together, and creating sentences. The inability to create sentences, and put words together is called “Broca’s Aphasia”. Patients with Aphasia are often excluded from studies because researcher’s believe that they have lost the capacity to make decisions for themselves. It is because of this belief inequalities in care, and treatment may have long term consequences for people with Aphasia.

Marian C. Brady, Alex Frederick, and Brian Williams(2013). People with Aphasia: capacity to consent, research participation and intervention inequalities. International Journal of Stroke, 8(1) 193-196.

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