After conducting over 45 interviews, and qualitatively analyzing over 653 pages of transcribed data four main themes emerged:

1. Changes in identity following aphasia

2. Changes in relationship with partner

3. Perception of patient and partner

4. Growing a new life

There are several lessons for physicians from the results of this research, including:

  • Effects of communication disorder are more far-reaching than physical effects of stroke.
  • Communication with aphasic patients is harder if you don’t know them or they are new to you. Longitudinal relationships are very helpful.
  • Consider involving primary care physician early for short and long term planning.
  • Recovery continues forever.
  • It’s not worse, just different.