A phase II trial of telehealth delivery of the Lidicombe Program of early, stuttering intervention

Lewis, Christine, Packman, Ann, Onslow, Mark, Simpson, Judy M. and Jones, Mark (2008) A phase II trial of telehealth delivery of the Lidicombe Program of early, stuttering intervention. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17 2: 139-149. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/014)

Author Lewis, Christine
Packman, Ann
Onslow, Mark
Simpson, Judy M.
Jones, Mark
Title A phase II trial of telehealth delivery of the Lidicombe Program of early, stuttering intervention
Journal name American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1058-0360
Publication date 2008-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1044/1058-0360(2008/014)
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 149
Total pages 11
Place of publication Rockville, MD, United States
Publisher American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The aims of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of telehealth delivery of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention, compared with a control group, and to determine the number of children who could be regarded as “responders.”

Method: A speech-language pathologist provided telehealth delivery of the Lidcombe Program during telephone consultations with parents in their homes, remote from the clinic. The study design was an open plan, parallel group, randomized controlled trial with blinded outcome assessment. Children in the no-treatment control group who were still stuttering after 9 months then received the same treatment. The primary outcome measure was frequency of stuttering, gathered from audiotape recordings of participants’ conversational speech in everyday, nontreatment situations, before and after treatment.

Results: Analysis of covariance showed a 73% decrease in frequency of stuttering at 9 months after randomization in the treatment group, as compared with the control group (95% confidence interval = 25%–90%, p = .02). Measures of treatment time showed that telehealth delivery of the Lidcombe Program requires around 3 times more resources than standard presentation.

Telehealth delivery of the Lidcombe Program is an efficacious treatment for preschool children who cannot receive the standard, clinicbased Lidcombe Program. Avenues for improving efficiency are considered.
Keyword Telehealth
Lidcombe Program
Early intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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