The AcT NoW study has caused quite a stir in both clinical and research circles. Thought it may be of use to have a number of references and reviews of the study in one place for people to have a look at. The study could even be the focus of one of our meetings (if everyone is not sick of talking about it!).
Hope this is of use. Feedback is welcome from everyone about items, articles etc that you would like ARG to dig out and discuss or just share!!
The main study link:
Bowen A, Hesketh A, Patchick E, et al. Clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness and service users’ perceptions of early, well-resourced communication therapy following a stroke, a randomised controlled trial (The ACT NoW Study). Health Technology Assessment, 2012: Vol.16: No. 26. DOI: 10.3310/hta16260
References recommended by Audrey Bowen:
Young A, Gomersall T, Bowen A. et al. Trial participants’ experiences of early, enhanced speech and language therapy after stroke compared with employed visitor support: a qualitative study nested within a RCT. Clinical Rehabilitation (Online First 26/7/12). DOI: 10.1177/0269215512450042
Bowen A, Hesketh A, Patchick A, Young A, Davies L, Vail A, Long A, Watkins C, Wilkinson M, Pearl G, Lambon Ralph M, Tyrrell P. Effectiveness of enhanced communication therapy in the first four months after stroke for aphasia and dysarthria: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2012;345:e4407 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e4407
For response (s) you may be interested in:
Leff, A. P. & Howard, D. Nat. Rev. Neurol. advance online publication XX Month 2012; doi:10.1038/nrneurol.2012.211