Living with dysarthria (unclear speech) after stroke. Patient blog and new Cochrane Review of research

Thursday 2 February 2017

In a new guest blog, published on the Evidently Cochrane website, Annette shares her story of living with dysarthria after stroke. Claire Mitchell, Speech and Language Therapist, and lead author of a newly updated Cochrane Review on dysarthria research explains its findings. 

Read Annette and Claire's blog.

This Cochrane Review was co-funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Stroke Association.

What is dysarthria?

Dysarthria is an acquired speech disorder following stroke and other forms of neurological injury. 

Dysarthria makes it harder for those affected to control their speech and be understood by others. This is due to weak, imprecise, slow and/or uncoordinated control of the muscles used for speech. The impact of dysarthria goes beyond communication and affects a person's psychological and social (psychosocial) functioning.

What are Cochrane Reviews?

Cochrane Reviews collect and analyse a number of research studies together, to get a better idea of what the weight of evidence in a particular area of health research says.  They are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care.

Video: How Claire Mitchell got involved in dysarthria research

Find out why and how speech and language therapist, Claire Mitchell, got involved in dysarthria research.

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