Supporting communication for children with cerebral palsy in hospital: views of community and hospital staff

Hemsley, Bronwyn, Lee, Sabrena, Munro, Kathleen, Seedat, Nadeera, Bastock, Kaely and Davidson, Bronwyn (2014) Supporting communication for children with cerebral palsy in hospital: views of community and hospital staff. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 3: 156-166. doi:10.3109/17518423.2012.741149


Author Hemsley, Bronwyn
Lee, Sabrena
Munro, Kathleen
Seedat, Nadeera
Bastock, Kaely
Davidson, Bronwyn
Title Supporting communication for children with cerebral palsy in hospital: views of community and hospital staff
Journal name Developmental Neurorehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-8431
1751-8423
Publication date 2014-06-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2012.741149
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 156
End page 166
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: We aimed to investigate the views of allied health and nursing staff on supporting the communication of children with cerebral palsy (CP) and complex communication needs (CCN) in hospital.

Method: We conducted 12 focus groups with 49 community-and hospital-based allied health professionals and hospital nurses.

Results: Participants reported having active roles in supporting children's seating, mobility, equipment, mealtime management and psychosocial needs, but not in supporting the children's communication in hospital. Participants described several environmental barriers to supporting children's augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in hospital, and suggested a range of strategies to ease communication difficulties at the bedside.

Conclusion: Results indicate a potential new role for community-and hospital-based health professionals in supporting nurses to implement AAC strategies at the bedside. Supporting nursing staff to remove environmental barriers and use communication technologies might create a more communicatively accessible hospital ward for children with CP and CCN.
Keyword Children
Hospital
Cerebral palsy
Communication
Augmentative and alternative communication
AAC
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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