Aphasia and register data
Resarch group leader
Clinical Medical Director and Associate professor Frank Becker MD PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Oslo
This research group was established earlier in 2023 and is currently under development. The group builds on a longer tradition of aphasia research at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, and a more recent interest in register data as a useful tool to improve quality and gain new knowledge about rehabilitation services.
Regarding aphasia, several studies have been performed during the last years, especially related to aphasia telerehabilitation. This includes a RCT and several innovation and quality projects. We have a wide international network, e.g. we participate in the elaboration of European aphasia rehabilitation guidelines and are part of an international expert group making recommendations for aphasia RCTs (Read more about Trials for Aphasia Panel).
Regarding register research, this is still in an earlier phase. Building on experiences from a quality register established in 2013, which now leads to significant publications (see project on locked-in syndrome), we have earlier this year established a quality register for the whole of Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital; furthermore we are pivotal in the development of a national registry for rehabilitation (Read more about Rehabiliteringsregisteret).
Specific aims for the group have yet to be determined.
Main topics/focus areas
As the research group is still under development, also this has yet to be specified in detail. Within aphasia research, there is an emphasis on clinical intervention research and on the use of new technologies in aphasia rehabilitation. Within register research, most relevant topics are making use of quality register data to describe patient groups, rehabilitation courses and outcomes in order to improve services, as well as methodological aspects on how to measure quality in rehabilitation.
Frank Becker MD PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Oslo, research group leader
Sonja Erlenkamp, MA PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, senior researcher
Hege Prag Øra MD PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Oslo, researcher
Kristine Marie Mamen Vege MD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Oslo, PhD-student
Helle Walseth Nilsen MD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Oslo, PhD-student
Maria Ryssdal Kraby MD PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Oslo, researcher
Maria Valen-Sendstad MD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, researcher
Maribeth Caya Rivelsrud SLT PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, researcher
Camilla Bome SLT, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
Charlotte Barclay Gaasland SLT, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
Iselin Partee SLT, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital