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Khatoonabadi A R, Masumi J. Study protocol: Language profile in mild cognitive impairment: A prospective study . Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2019; 33 (1) :324-328
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4628-en.html
Department of Speech Therapy, School of Rehabilitation, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran , jafarmasumi@gmail.com
Abstract:   (1552 Views)
Background: The present study will be a longitudinal investigation of language abilities in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The research question will include whether there will be an evidence for language impairment in individuals with MCI, and if so, what aspects of language will be the most affected and whether language abilities will be significantly changed over a 12-month period.
   Methods: We will diagnose 30 individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and controlled participants using Montreal Cognitive Assessment-Basic (MoCA-B), as a cognitive test, and by asking expert opinions and conducting interviews. Participants will be selected from memory clinics and nursing homes in Tehran during 2018-2019. A comprehensive language test (Barnes Language Assessment (BLA)) will be performed to obtain baseline performance in the elderly. These tests will be repeated after 3, 6, and 12 months. Repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) will be used to determine whether there will be a significant change in participants' language abilities over a 12-month period. In the case of deficient language performance, a discriminant function analysis will be used to identify the language task type that will be highly sensitive to change.
   Results and Conclusion: The present study will provide evidence for the nature of language change and will be done in a-year course on individuals with MCI and AD and on healthy elders. Also, in this study, the relative sensitivity of various language components to MCI will be determined, and the relationship between language performance and performance on (MoCA-B) neuropsychological test will be examined.
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Type of Study: Study Protocol | Subject: Speech Therapy

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