The aim of this thesis is to study various aspects of language rehabilitation in stroke patients with aphasia, with a major focus on the relationship between the timing of cognitive-linguistic treatment and its efficacy.

In this thesis three questions are addressed:

1. How accurately can we diagnose the presence of aphasia in the early stage after stroke onset?
2. Which factors are of importance for an accurate prediction of aphasia outcome in stroke?
3. Is there a relationship between the timing of aphasia treatment and its efficacy?

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D.W.J. Dippel (Diederik) , L.M.L. de Lau (Lonneke) , E.G. Visch-Brink (Evy)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapy Study (RATS) – 3 was funded by a fellowship granted to L.M.L. de Lau by the Brain Foundation Netherlands (project number: 2011(1)-20). This thesis could not have been realized without grants from Zabawas Fund, Coolsingel fund, Dura fund, Blokland fund, and the Erasmus MC Care Research Fund.
Department of Neurology

Nouwens, F. (2017, July 5). Timing of Aphasia Treatment in Stroke Patients : Early Interventions and Outcome. Retrieved from