The Best Practice Statements for aphasia care have been developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation (2009-2015). The CCRE in Aphasia Rehabilitation developed 82 best practice statements in total to improve the consistency of care for people with aphasia across the continuum of care. These statements form the basis for the Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway. The development of the pathway and BPS is described in the JCPSLP article here. A detailed timeline of the process of commencing consultation on the statements to their finalisation can be found here.
These statements are currently being revised by the more recently NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia (CRE) and an updated version is expected 2021/22.
Aphasia rehabilitation best practice statements 2014:
Comprehensive supplement to the AARP
This document presents a comprehensive overview of the 82 best practice statements for aphasia rehabilitation. Each statement has an accompanying rationale that is designed to provide a short summary of the scientific evidence for the statement in question. The reference column aims to provide the highest available evidence reference for each statement. The reference can be used to look up additional information if required. For each statement, the primary reference has been graded according the NHMRC Levels of Evidence (National Health and Medical Research Council, 2010).
The concise supplement contains a list of the 82 best practice statements presented in a table format. This format is intended as a practical implementation tool for clinicians and managers and may support audit or implementation of the best practice statements. The concise supplement should be used in conjunction with either the online or comprehensive forms of the statements.
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