Assessment of communication and swallowing function post laryngectomy: a telerehabilitation trial

Ward, L., White, J., Russell, T., Theodoros, D., Kuhl, M., Nelson, K. and Peters, I. (2007) Assessment of communication and swallowing function post laryngectomy: a telerehabilitation trial. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 13 Supplement 3: 88-91.


Author Ward, L.
White, J.
Russell, T.
Theodoros, D.
Kuhl, M.
Nelson, K.
Peters, I.
Title Assessment of communication and swallowing function post laryngectomy: a telerehabilitation trial
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/135763307783247293
Volume 13
Issue Supplement 3
Start page 88
End page 91
Total pages 4
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 321015 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
321214 Health and Community Services
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
321018 Otorhinolaryngology
330109 Assessment and Evaluation
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
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Abstract We validated an Internet-based telerehabiliatation system designed to assess the oromotor, swallowing and communication outcomes of patients following laryngectomy. Simultaneous online and face-to-face (FTF) assessments were made of 20 patients. The online assessment was conducted using a videoconferencing system developed specifically for telerehabilitation. There was greater than 80% agreement between the online and FTF clinician for all variables relating to oromotor function, swallowing status and communication ability. However, visualization of the stoma was poor. Clinician satisfaction with the functionality of the system was low, although their ratings were high for ease of use and the potential for telerehabilitation as a service delivery method. Patients were 100% satisfied with the usability of the system and the quality of service received. The study suggests that online assessment is a potentially viable service delivery method for evaluating the speech and swallowing status of patients post laryngectomy.
Keyword TELEHEALTH
Q-Index Code C1

 
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