CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Semin Speech Lang 2022; 43(05): 426-444
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1756644
Data-Based Research Articles

Building Research Initiatives by Developing Group Effort (BRIDGE): Patient-Partners in Aphasia Research

Alejandro Brice
1   College of Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Jacqueline Hinckley
1   College of Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
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Researcher-initiated research often has little or no input from the groups who will be affected by the results of the research. The aim of this project was to describe practices of embracing patient-partners (i.e., individuals with aphasia and spouses/family members) in research. Six webinars were developed for both researchers and patient-partners that were required prior to participating in a joint conference that focused on collaborative research teams. The conference was designed based on an appreciative inquiry approach. Including patient-partners into research priorities and planning has been accomplished across various health domains in the United States, but this was the first organized national effort, in the United States, to support the inclusion of people with aphasia and their families as active partners in the research process. Consequently, it is hoped that future aphasia researchers also include patient-partner teams into their research process for more ecologically valid outcomes.

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26 October 2022

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