Improving quality of life could be considered the ultimate goal of aphasia rehabilitation. Understanding clients' perspectives of their own quality of life is also crucial for targeting appropriate and effective interventions. Measuring quality of life is also an important outcome measure, crucial for ensuring adequate funding is available for aphasia services. Hence, quality of life has become a significant topic in aphasiology.
This special issue of Aphasiology is dedicated to the topic of quality of life in aphasia. The issue includes a number of studies from around the world describing and measuring quality of life in this population. It also contains studies that have developed and evaluated interventions that have addressed quality of life issues in people with aphasia. The issue provides a comprehensive view of quality of life research currently being conducted in aphasiology around the world.
Worrall, Holland, Editorial. Cruice, Worrall, Hickson, Mursion, Finding a Focus for Quality of Life with Aphasia: Social and Emotional Health, and Psychological Well-being. Ross, Wertz, Quality of Life with and without Aphasia. Hilari, Wiggins, Roy, Byng, Smith, Predictors of Health-related Quality of Life (HRQL) in People with Chronic Aphasia. Engell, Hütter, Willmes, Huber, Quality of Life in Aphasia: Validation of a Pictorial Self-rating Procedure. Avent, Austermann, Reciprocal Scaffolding: A Context for Communication Treatment in Aphasia. Sorin-Peters, Viewing Couples Living with Aphasia as Adult Learners: Implications for Promoting Quality of Life.