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ISRN Neurology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 256406, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/256406
Research Article

Perceived Changes in Communicative Interaction in Atypical Parkinsonism

Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Hälsovetarbacken Box 452, 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

Received 1 February 2011; Accepted 16 March 2011

Academic Editors: C. Agosti and A. Muacevic

Copyright © 2011 Lena Hartelius 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

The aim of this study was to examine if atypical parkinsonism affects the communicative ability in conversational interaction. Fifteen persons close to individuals with atypical parkinsonism answered a questionnaire, “Assessment of Change in Communicative Interaction” (ACCI), estimating perceived change in interactive skills compared to before the onset of the disease. The study also examined if perceived change correlated with disease duration. The results showed that at group level, the participants experienced change in many aspects of conversational interaction, particularly regarding the affected person's speech, body communication, response latency, phrase length, word finding, and ability to make themselves understood. There was no correlation between perceived change and disease duration. In conclusion, results indicated that the communicative interaction of individuals with atypical parkinsonism is significantly affected and that information elicited from significant others can help define specific problem areas or foci of concern that need to be targeted in communicative intervention or at least considered in interaction with these persons.