Letters Speech therapy after stroke

Trial shows only that practice varies

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6022 (Published 10 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6022
  1. Lotte Meteyard, lecturer in clinical language sciences and speech and language therapist1
  1. 1University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AH, UK
  1. l.meteyard{at}reading.ac.uk

Bowen and colleagues’ methods and conclusions raise concerns.1 At best, the trial evaluates the variability in current practice. In no way is it a robust test of treatment.

Two communication impairments (aphasia and dysarthria) were included. In the post-acute stage spontaneous recovery is highly unpredictable, and changes in the profile of impairment during …

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