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Care of the older person
Meta-analysis exploring poststroke aphasia profiles and language recovery
  1. Muili Lawal
  1. College of Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare, University of West London, Ealing TW8 9GA, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muili Lawal, University of West London, Ealing TW8 9GA, UK; muili.lawal{at}

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Commentary on: REhabilitation and recovery of peopLE with Aphasia after StrokE (RELEASE) Collaborators. Predictors of poststroke aphasia recovery: a systematic review-informed individual participant data meta-analysis. Stroke 2021;52:1778–87.

Implications for practice and research

  • Poststroke aphasia may symbolise a temporary or a significant life-changing communication problem.

  • The severity of aphasia on stroke patients has implications for functional capacity, discharge destination and potential to return to employment.

  • The sooner a person receives treatment for apoststroke aphasia, the lesser the impact and the better the prognosis.


Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and almost 350 000 stroke survivors have aphasia in the UK.1 Depending on the severity, aphasia may affect oral communication, auditory, writing, reading comprehension and everyday communication.2 3 Long-term communication impairment of up to a year affects almost three quarters of stroke patients and there is limited spontaneous communication recovery after this time.2 Although there is a plethora …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.