Behavioral treatment of primary progressive aphasia & primary progressive apraxia of speech : initial steps of the systematic review process

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2017-05

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The Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences formed a writing group to conduct a systematic review of behavioral treatment of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech (PPAOS). This paper provides an overview of the history and classification of PPA and PPAOS and details the initial steps of the systematic review process, including the identification and selection of evidence, methods for appraising papers, and description schemes for participants and treatment approaches. Currently, there are no systematic reviews of behavioral treatment for PPA or PPAOS; this paper aims to initiate the first steps of the systematic review process, which will ultimately provide evidence regarding the clinical utility of behavioral treatment for these disorders.

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