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Quality assessment of inhospital patients unable to speak who use alternative and extended communication

Fabrício Marinho Bandeira, Flávia Perassa de Faria, Everaldo Batista de Araujo

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082011ao2083

ABSTRACTObjective:To implement the use of alternative communication boards in patients hospitalized and unable to communicate by speech.Methods:A descriptive study with a sample of 30 patients hospitalized and unable to communicate by speech. Boards were made with Boardmaker® Software that consists of a graphical database containing Pictorial Communication Symbols. To assess the quality of life of these patients, the Portuguese SF-36, a translated version of the Medical Outcomes Study, was applied before and after the study.Results:We found that all domains of […]