A comparison of rural speech-language pathologists' and residents' access to and attitudes towards the use of technology for speech-language pathology service delivery

Dunkley, Carolyn, Pattie, Lydelle, Wilson, Linda and McAllister, Lindy (2010) A comparison of rural speech-language pathologists' and residents' access to and attitudes towards the use of technology for speech-language pathology service delivery. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12 4: 333-343.


Author Dunkley, Carolyn
Pattie, Lydelle
Wilson, Linda
McAllister, Lindy
Title A comparison of rural speech-language pathologists' and residents' access to and attitudes towards the use of technology for speech-language pathology service delivery
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9515
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549500903456607
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 333
End page 343
Total pages 11
Place of publication United Kingdom, Australia
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports results and implications of two related studies which investigated (a) access of residents and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) of rural Australia to information and communication technologies (ICT) and (b) their attitudes towards the use of ICT for delivery of speech-language pathology services. Both studies used mail out questionnaires, followed by interviews with a subset of those who completed the questionnaires. Data were obtained from 43 questionnaires from rural residents and 10 interviews with a subset of those residents, and from questionnaires returned by 49 SLPs and 4 interviews with a subset of those SLPs. Results show a mismatch between rural residents' and SLPs' access to and attitudes towards use of ICT for speech-language pathology service delivery. Rural residents had better access and more positive attitudes to the use of ICT for speech-language pathology service delivery than expected by SLPs. The results of this study have important implications for education and professional development of SLPs and for research into the use of ICT for telespeech-language pathology. © 2010 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.
Keyword Access
Attitudes
Information and communication technologies (ICTs)
Service delivery
Telehealth
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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