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What people with aphasia want: Their goals according to the ICF


Worrall, Linda; Sherratt, Sue; Rogers, Penny; Howe, Tami; Hersh, Deborah; Ferguson, Alison; Davidson, Bronwyn


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Aphasiology, 2010, Volume 25 (Issue 3), Seite 309-322, London: Psychology Press, ISSN: 0268-7038 (Print); 1464-5041 (Online)





The goals of people with aphasia should guide service delivery. Services are increasingly influenced by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) (WHO, 2001), but little is yet known about whether the goals of people with aphasia span the full spectrum of the ICF.


The purpose of this study was to describe the goals of people with aphasia and to code the goals according to the ICF.

Methods and Procedures:

A qualitative descriptive research approach was used involving semi-structured in-depth interviews with 50 participants with aphasia post-stroke. Interviews were videotaped and transcribed verbatim and then analysed using qualitative content analysis. The goals of a 30% consecutive subsample were then coded using the ICF.

Outcomes and Results:

Nine broad categories of goals were identified. Participants with aphasia wanted to return to their pre-stroke life and to communicate not only their basic needs but also their opinions. They also wanted information about aphasia, stroke, and available services; more speech therapy; greater autonomy; and dignity and respect. They identified the importance of engagement in social, leisure, and work activities as well as regaining their physical health. Interestingly, their goals included wanting to help others. Goals could be linked to all ICF components within the ICF, with the majority linked to Activities and Participation, followed by Environmental Factors, Body Functions and Structures, and Personal Factors.


People with aphasia in this study were able to articulate a wide range of goals post-stroke that encompassed all of the ICF components but had a particular focus on the Activity and Participation components.

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