The current practices of speech-language pathologists in providing information to clients with traumatic brain injury

Short, Jessica, McCormack, Jane and Copley, Anna (2014). The current practices of speech-language pathologists in providing information to clients with traumatic brain injury. In: Selected papers from the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia, (219-230). 23-26 June 2013. doi:10.3109/17549507.2014.882413


Author Short, Jessica
McCormack, Jane
Copley, Anna
Title of paper The current practices of speech-language pathologists in providing information to clients with traumatic brain injury
Conference name Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference
Conference location Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 23-26 June 2013
Proceedings title Selected papers from the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2014.882413
ISSN 1754-9507
1754-9515
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 219
End page 230
Total pages 12
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The provision of information about cognitive-communication disorders (CCDs) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is important given the impact these communication impairments can have on the rehabilitation of people with TBI. This study describes the results of an online survey which investigated the current practices of 74 Australian speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with adults with TBI. Thirty-seven SLPs outlined their practices in information provision. SLPs reported they provide information to adults with TBI about CCDs, the impact of CCDs on participation in life activities, and rehabilitation from CCDs. In addition, SLPs identified barriers and facilitators to information provision. Barriers identified included time, impairments resulting from TBI, and personal characteristics of the client. Facilitators included family functioning and support and the multidisciplinary team. Findings of this research indicate a need for some changes in the format and content of information that SLPs provide to adults with TBI, to ensure they can achieve fundamental levels of health literacy and better health outcomes.
Keyword Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Speech-language pathologists
Service delivery
Health literacy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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