A pilot trial of a speech pathology telehealth service for head and neck cancer patients

Burns, Clare L., Ward, Elizabeth C., Hill, Anne J., Malcolm, Karen, Bassett, Lynell, Kenny, Lizbeth M. and Greenup, Phillip (2012) A pilot trial of a speech pathology telehealth service for head and neck cancer patients. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 18 8: 443-446. doi:10.1258/jtt.2012.GTH104

Author Burns, Clare L.
Ward, Elizabeth C.
Hill, Anne J.
Malcolm, Karen
Bassett, Lynell
Kenny, Lizbeth M.
Greenup, Phillip
Title A pilot trial of a speech pathology telehealth service for head and neck cancer patients
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2012-12-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2012.GTH104
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 18
Issue 8
Start page 443
End page 446
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract We explored the feasibility of providing access to specialist speech pathology services via telehealth for patients with head and neck cancer. A weekly telehealth clinic was conducted between the speech pathology departments of a tertiary hospital and a regional hospital in Queensland. Over a 5-month period, 50 telehealth sessions were conducted for 18 patients. There were 38 patient consultations, nine case discussions between clinicians and three clinical training sessions relating to the skills needed for specific client management (e.g. voice prosthesis selection). Eight sessions had multidisciplinary involvement. All cases were successfully managed via telehealth. All patients agreed that they were comfortable using telehealth and would be happy to use it again in future. Both clinicians agreed that they could competently assess patients using the telehealth system. There appeared to be financial benefits for the patient, because by receiving specialist intervention at a local facility their travel expenses were lower. There was also the opportunity for workforce training and development through online case discussion and clinical consultation.
Keyword Speech pathology
Neck cancer
Head cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print: 3 December 2012.

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