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Communication change in ALS: Engaging people living with ALS and their partners in future research

Judge, S; Bloch, SJ; McDermott, C; (2019) Communication change in ALS: Engaging people living with ALS and their partners in future research. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology , 14 (7) pp. 675-681. 10.1080/17483107.2018.1498924. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To involve people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (plwALS) in the scoping and identification of research priorities related to the changes in ALS communication including the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). METHODS: Two focus groups of plwALS at early and late stages of change to speech intelligibility were carried out as a patient and participant involvement exercise. The transcriptions of these groups were analyzed thematically and compared between groups. RESULTS: Aspects of anticipation, preparation, adaptation and partnership were identified as key to dealing with communication change as a result of ALS. In particular the involvement of partners was clearly significant, as was the impact on them as well as the plwALS. PlwALS successfully contributed to focus groups and the process of group discussion about communication itself appeared constructive. CONCLUSIONS: Research and new interventions should focus further on how to support the partners of plwALS. Future research with plwALS should place AAC strategies and technology in the context of wider communication and investigate how best to support the anticipation, preparation and adaptation to communication change. Specific areas of research need relating to this support are suggested.

Type: Article
Title: Communication change in ALS: Engaging people living with ALS and their partners in future research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2018.1498924
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2018.1498924
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Communication, AAC, communication aid, augmentative communication
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052022
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