Assessment of motor speech disorders online: A pilot study

Theodoros, D. G., Russell, T., Hill, A. J., Cahill, L. M. and Clark, K. (2003). Assessment of motor speech disorders online: A pilot study. In: Richard Wootton, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 3rd Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth, Brisbane, Queensland, (66-68). 25th - 26th August, 2003.

Author Theodoros, D. G.
Russell, T.
Hill, A. J.
Cahill, L. M.
Clark, K.
Title of paper Assessment of motor speech disorders online: A pilot study
Conference name 3rd Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland
Conference dates 25th - 26th August, 2003
Proceedings title Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication UK
Publisher PTM Publishers Ltd
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1357-633X
Editor Richard Wootton
Volume 9
Issue 2 Suppl
Start page 66
End page 68
Total pages 3
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Abstract/Summary We have conducted a preliminary validation of an Internet-based telehealth application for assessing motor speech disorders in adults with acquired neurological impairment. The videoconferencing module used NetMeeting software to provide realtime videoconferencing through a 128 kbit/s Internet link, as well as the transfer of store-and-forward video and audio data from the participant to the clinician. Ten participants with dysarthria following acquired brain injury were included in the study. An assessment of the overall severity of the speech disturbance was made for each participant face to face (FTF) and in the online environment, in addition, a 23-item version of the Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment (FDA) (which measures motor speech function) and the Assessment of Intelligibility of Dysarthric Speech (ASSIDS) (which gives the percentage word and sentence intelligibility, words per minute and a rating of communication efficiency) were administered in both environments. There was a 90% level of agreement between the two assessment environments for the rating of overall severity of dysarthria. A 70-100% level of agreement was achieved for 17 (74%) of the 23 FDA variables. On the ASSIDS there was a significant difference between the FTF and online assessments only for percentage word intelligibility. These findings suggest that Internet-based assessment has potential as a reliable method for assessing motor speech disorders.
Subjects E1
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Keyword Health Care Sciences
Services
Telehealth
Pathology
Q-Index Code E1

 
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