A trial of telespeech therapy for a patient with aphasia in a remote area Yuri Miyazaki 1 , Tatsuya Yoshikawa 2 , Akira Tada 3 , Yu Hashimoto 1 , Fumihiro Tajima 2 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wakayama Medical University Hospital 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wakayama Medical University 3Kitayama-mura National Health Insurance Clinic Keyword: へき地 , 失語症者 , 遠隔言語療法 , remote area , patient with aphasia , telespeech therapy pp.41-45
Published Date 2018/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001200162
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 We report on our attempt to treat a patient with aphasia who lives in a remote area using the telemedicine system between our hospital and a remote clinic. The patient was an 87-year-old woman with moderate aphasia due to cardiac embolism. She received teletherapy for 3 months, and was evaluated using several subtests from the Standard Language Test of Aphasia, an assessment of conversation, and a communication activity log. Although the telemedicine system had some limitations compared to conventional face-to-face therapy, we were able to treat the patient with help from local staff, with whom we discussed the therapy plans and the status of the patient. As a result, the therapy improved the patient's language function as shown by the improved scores on all of the measures. Telespeech therapy can be a useful tool for patients with aphasia in remote areas.

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