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Perceived changes in communicative interaction in atypical Parkinsonism

Journal article
Authors Lena Hartelius
Johan Lindberg
Lena Petersson
Charlotta Saldert
Published in ISRN Neurology
Volume 2011
Issue Article ID 256406
Pages 7
ISSN 2090-5505
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 7
Language en
Keywords Atypical parkinsonism, Conversational interaction, Questionnaire, Spouses
Subject categories Logopedics and phoniatrics, Communication Studies


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.

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