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Does cognitive function influence alaryngeal speech rehabilitation?

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Background. We sought to define the cognitive domains that influence valved speech rehabilitation. Methods. Sixteen laryngectomees with primary tracheoesophageal punctures were randomly recruited from one head and neck unit. They were assessed by a consultant neuro-psychologist and a speech therapist. Speech therapy time was determined from speech therapy notes. Results. The Digit Symbol Substitution Test, assessing learning speed and processing speed, correlated significantly with speech therapy time in the first (p =.002) and third (p =.014) postoperative years, respectively. Categorical fluency assessment correlated positively with speech therapy time in the first year (p =.009). Learning speed (p =.007) and categorical fluency (p =.041) correlated positively with the fall in speech therapy input between the first and third year after laryngectomy. Conclusions. Learning speed, processing speed, and categorical fluency strongly influence alaryngeal speech rehabilitation. This study highlights the potential for pre-laryngectomy cognitive assessment to help plan alaryngeal speech rehabilitation. This has significant resource implications. (c) 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Author(s): Ho TP, Gray J, Ratcliffe AA, Rees S, Rockey J, Wight RG

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Head & Neck: Spring Meeting of the Otolaryngological Research Society

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 413-419

ISSN: 1043-3074

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/hed.20348

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ISBN: 10970347