The aim of the research in this line is to enhance social participation and communication skills through the reflective professional who has effective tools and instruments at his or her disposal with which to evaluate the care provided.
We work towards this aim by developing instruments with which to evaluate the care given and its effects, while also taking into account the perspective of the patient of course. We investigate which knowledge, skills and instruments are needed to give patients a say in their care and how patient experiences can be used as another instrument with which to measure the quality of care. For the adult target group, the challenge is to work in a professional manner to ensure that information is also accessible to the person with the brain injury. We also look at the effectiveness of the intervention itself. What works according to the scientific research, as well as in practice? Which interventions lead to improved communicative skills among children and adults? What can we do in the chronic phase that follows a stroke? How can we ensure that knowledge transfer takes place from specialist aphasia teams to primary care practices? How do we ensure optimum communication between professionals and patients in a multi-professional context? These questions are answered by means of applied research that focuses on both innovation by improving existing methods of intervention and by developing new methods. In addition, we want to create knowledge about mechanisms of action and the active elements of the intervention, and about the factors that can influence effectiveness such as personal factors or therapy, school and family factors in interventions for children.
In the intervention study, we also focus on good practice in terms of parent involvement and therapy adherence. This theme is motivated by the knowledge that the effect of a weekly therapy session is limited but that a greater impact is possible when the patient performs exercises daily at home.