Communication partner training for health care professionals in an inpatient rehabilitation setting: A parallel randomised trial

<p><i>Purpose</i>: The purpose of this study is to determine if the E-Learning Plus communication partner training (CPT) programme is as effective as the Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA<sup>TM</sup>) CPT programme in improving healthcare professionals’ confidence and knowledge communicating with patients with aphasia.</p> <p><i>Method</i>: Forty-eight healthcare professionals working in inpatient rehabilitation participated. Participants were randomised to one of the CPT programmes. The three outcome measures were self-rating of confidence, self-rating of knowledge and a test of knowledge of aphasia. Measures were taken pre-, immediately post- and 3–4 months post-training. Data were analysed using mixed between within ANOVAs.</p> <p><i>Result</i>: Homogeneity of variance was adequate for self-rating of confidence and test of knowledge of aphasia data to continue analysis. There was a statistically significant difference in self-rating of confidence and knowledge of aphasia for both interventions across time. No statistically significant difference was found between the two interventions.</p> <p><i>Conclusion</i>: Both CPT interventions were associated with an increase in health care professionals’ confidence and knowledge of aphasia, but neither programme was superior. As the E-Learning Plus CPT programme is more accessible and sustainable in the Australian healthcare context, further work will continue on this CPT programme.</p>