Dysphagia training for speech-language pathologists: implications for clinical practice

Kamal, Rahayu Mustaffa, Ward, Elizabeth and Cornwell, Petrea (2012) Dysphagia training for speech-language pathologists: implications for clinical practice. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14 6: 569-576. doi:10.3109/17549507.2012.713394

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Author Kamal, Rahayu Mustaffa
Ward, Elizabeth
Cornwell, Petrea
Title Dysphagia training for speech-language pathologists: implications for clinical practice
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2012-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2012.713394
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 14
Issue 6
Start page 569
End page 576
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Abstract There are competency standards available in countries with established speech-language pathology services to guide basic dysphagia training with ongoing workplace mentoring for advanced skills development. Such training processes, however, are not as well established in countries where speech-language pathology training and practice is relatively new, such as Malaysia. The current study examines the extent of dysphagia training and workplace support available to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Malaysia and Queensland, Australia, and explores clinicians’ perceptions of the training and support provided, and of their knowledge, skills, and confidence. Using a matched cohort cross-sectional design, a purpose-built survey was administered to 30 SLPs working in Malaysian government hospitals and 30 SLPs working in Queensland Health settings in Australia. Malaysian clinicians were found to have received significantly less university training, less mentoring in the workplace, and were lacking key infrastructure needed to support professional development in dysphagia management. Over 90% of Queensland clinicians were confident and felt they had adequate skills in dysphagia management; in contrast, significantly lower levels of knowledge, skills, and confidence were observed in the Malaysian cohort. The findings identify a need for improved university training and increased opportunities for workplace mentoring, training, and support for Malaysian SLPs.
Keyword Dysphagia management
Speech-language pathologist
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