Epilogue: Harnessing the experimental and clinical resources to address service imperatives in multiethnic aphasia caseloads
Taylor & Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences
© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Decisive efforts are needed to expand the experimental, professional, and clinical foundations that will strengthen service provision and minimize service disparities in the growing ethno-geriatric caseloads with aphasia in post-stroke rehabilitation worldwide. Aim: The purpose of this Special Issue was to provide an international, multi-perspective overview of the breadth and depth in the research evidence and clinical approaches needed to support scientifically-based, culturally secure services for ethno-racially and multilingually diverse aphasia caseloads. Main Contribution: The articles in this Special Issue highlighted a sample of the broad neuroscientific, linguistic, cognitive, ethnographic, and sociocultural bases required to solidify evidence-based, culturally-attuned aphasia management in the burgeoning multiethnic groups in adult neurorehabilitation programs across the world. Conclusions: The combined effect of marked population aging and extensive increase in ethno-racial diversity worldwide steadily has resulted in burgeoning ethno-geriatric groups in post-stroke care, including aphasia services, across the world. Systemic efforts that synergistically bring together research, policy-making, and society are crucial to generate the research evidence, develop the policies, and create the attitudes that will strengthen the clinical services for the growing ethno-geriatric groups with post-stroke disabilities, including aphasia.