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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 706909, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/706909
Clinical Study

Telerehabilitation in Poststroke Anomia

1Foundation IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, Laboratory of Kinematics and Robotics, Neurorehabilitation Department, Via Alberoni 70, 30126 Venice, Italy
2Department of Neuroscience, Azienda Ospedaliera of Padua, Italy
3Neurological Rehabilitation, National Health Service, Grosseto, Italy

Received 16 January 2014; Accepted 13 March 2014; Published 15 April 2014

Academic Editor: Giovanni Morone

Copyright © 2014 Michela Agostini et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Anomia, a word-finding difficulty, is a frequent consequence of poststroke linguistic disturbance, associated with fluent and nonfluent aphasia that needs long-term specific and intensive speech rehabilitation. The present study explored the feasibility of telerehabilitation as compared to a conventional face-to-face treatment of naming, in patients with poststroke anomia. Five aphasic chronic patients participated in this study characterized by: strictly controlled crossover design; well-balanced lists of words in picture-naming tasks where progressive phonological cues were provided; same kind of the treatment in the two ways of administration. ANOVA was used to compare naming accuracy in the two types of treatment, at three time points: baseline, after treatment, and followup. The results revealed no main effect of treatment type () indicating that face-to-face and tele-treatment yielded comparable results. Moreover, there was a significant main effect of time () due to a better performance immediately after treatment and in the followup when comparing them to baseline. These preliminary results show the feasibility of teletreatment applied to lexical deficits in chronic stroke patients, extending previous work on telerehabilitation and opening new vistas for future studies on teletreatment of language functions.