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The Communicative Effectiveness Index: Its use with South African stroke patients

Claire Penn, Kelly Milner, Peter Fridjhon
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 39, No 1 | a280 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v39i1.280 | © 2019 Claire Penn, Kelly Milner | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1992

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Claire Penn, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Kelly Milner, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Peter Fridjhon, Department of Statistics, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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The functional communication of a group of 28 South African stroke patients was examined using the Communicative Effectiveness Index (CETI). It was translated into Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu and administered to the significant others of 22 aphasic patients with left hemisphere damage and 6 patients with right hemisphere damage. Results were related to the results of standardised language testing and to case history factors such as cultural factors and time since onset. The CETI was readministered in the case of eight of the aphasic subjects after a mean period of six months in order to assess its sensitivity to recovery. Results showed that the CETI seems applicable across different language groups, that it is sensitive to change across time as well as sensitive to the communication disorders resulting from both right and left hemisphere damage. Further it appears to correlate well with overall level of severity. It does not appear differentiate patients in terms of time since onset. Its potential use as a relatively culture free assessment tool in the South African context is discussed.


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