Functional outcome assessment in Dysarthria

Katherine C. Hustad, David R. Beukelman, Kathryn M. Yorkston

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Strategies for the functional assessment of communication disorders experienced by persons with dysarthria can be based on the Chronic Disabilities Model described by Nagi (1991), which considers a disorder at five different levels, ranging from pathophysiology at the level of the tissue to the societal levels of dysfunction. Outcomes can be measured at all levels of the model. For example, at the pathophysiologic level, outcomes may indicate events at the tissue level during the course of the disease, whereas, at the level of the disability, outcomes reveal the adequacy of speech production using compensatory strategies in communicative contexts, and at the societal level, they may indicate the overall degree of success a speaker has in specific real-world speaking situations. This article focuses on "functional" assessment of persons with dysarthria. Thus, assessment is viewed from the perspective of how speech and the use of speech can be measured in functional situations over time or as a result of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Speech and Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998


  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Dysarthria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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