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Delivering group support for people with aphasia in a virtual world: experiences of service providers.

Caute, Anna and Cruice, Madeline and Devane, Niamh and Patel, Anita and Roper, Abi and Talbot, Richard and Wilson, Stephanie and Marshall, Jane (2021) 'Delivering group support for people with aphasia in a virtual world: experiences of service providers.' Disability and Rehabilitation. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose: This study explored the acceptability to service providers of delivering a novel group support intervention for people with aphasia (PWA) in a virtual world. Materials and methods: The service providers were six group coordinators and 10 volunteers. Fourteen of the service providers participated in a semi-structured qualitative interview and 15 took part in a con- sensus group discussion. Qualitative interviews were analysed using framework analysis. For consensus group discussions, nominal group rankings were analysed and semantically similar responses were identified. Results: Service providers described the virtual world as a safe space in which to communicate, connect, and experiment. The key barriers were technical, particularly relating to sound and connectivity issues. Service providers suggested a range of improvements to the virtual world and intervention programme. They reported that PWA benefitted from accessing a support group in a virtual world, with opportunities to connect socially and to develop their communication skills. Conclusions: Service providers found delivery of group support intervention in a virtual world to be acceptable. The use of a bespoke virtual world to deliver group support intervention may enhance the experience and increase its accessibility, enabling more PWA to benefit from this type of intervention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aphasia; group support; intervention; service provider; telerehabilitation; virtual world
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 16:26
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:44

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