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Issues and Principles in Service Delivery to Communicatively Impaired Minority Bilingual Adults in Neurorehabilitation

Demographic and epidemiological trends coupled with health-care needs in minority populations highlight the imperative need to develop effective, culturally appropriate clinical approaches for minority adults with communication impairments. The steady increase in linguistic and cultural diversity in the country includes a large number of bilingual adults, which is estimated to continue. Because strokes are quite prevalent in racial/ethnic minorities, the number of bilingual adults with acquired communication disorders will similarly increase. However, members of minority groups presently confront disparities in health-care services compared with the general population that translates into reduced health outcomes. This article discusses the current clinical needs and complexities in service delivery to communicatively impaired minority adults, with a special focus on bilingual adults with aphasia.

from Seminars in Speech and Language