The Effectiveness of Retelling One’s Life Story to Increase Quality of Life - the Participants' Perspective
The study was set in a pre- and post-test-design with a follow-up assessment three months after the intervention. Five face-to-face biographic-narrative interviews and seven group sessions were conducted over ten weeks with a sample of 27 participants with chronic but different types of aphasia.
According to our hypotheses, we found a significant and stable improvement in health-related QoL. Also self-reported states of mood, e.g. “happiness”, grew significantly. Semi-structured interviews revealed four main themes regarding identity issues: agency, control, disease concept and doing things. The results show the efficiency of the approach as a supplementary method for improving QoL associated with an enhanced sense of competence and positive self-attribution. As this intervention increased the traditional task of speech and language therapists, we have to discuss, the role of the professionals, and the patient-professional relationship. The transferability of this intervention to other patients is an open question for discussion and further research.
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The current work is supported by a grant of the German Federal Ministery of Education and Research (BMBF, FKZ 17S10X11)