Which nursing diagnosis is most appropriate for a patient with expressive aphasia following a stroke?

Impaired verbal communication

Explanation

• A patient with expressive aphasia is unable to communicate using either verbal or written language. The nurse will need to find alternate ways to assess the patient's comfort and physical symptoms.

• A patient who has had a stroke may be at risk for ineffective airway clearance, hyperthermia, and acute pain. However, those nursing diagnoses do not address expressive aphasia.

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