Let’s call it “aphasia”: Rationales for eliminating the term “dysphasia”

  title={Let’s call it “aphasia”: Rationales for eliminating the term “dysphasia”},
  author={Linda E Worrall and Nina N Simmons-Mackie and Sarah J. Wallace and Tanya A Rose and Marian C. Brady and Anthony Pak Hin Kong and Laura Murray and Brooke Hallowell},
  journal={International Journal of Stroke},
  pages={848 - 851}
Health professionals, researchers, and policy makers often consider the two terms aphasia and dysphasia to be synonymous. The aim of this article is to argue the merits of the exclusive use of the term aphasia and present a strategy for creating change through institutions such as the WHO-ICD. Our contention is that one term avoids confusion, speech-language pathologists prefer aphasia, scholarly publications indicate a preference for the term aphasia, stroke clinical guidelines indicate a… Expand
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