It is acknowledged that a team approach to management of stroke is essential to improving patient outcomes. For the speech languagepathologist (SLP), communication and swallowing are key concerns in stroke rehabilitation. However, little isknown about how services are provided following stroke in non-metropolitan areas. This paper presents findings from astudy investigating issues related to the provision of dysphagia services in non-metropolitan New South Wales (NSW) andVictoria. The theme 'You've got to have an impact' was one of the major themes identified from analysis of data gathered viasemi-structured interviews with eight SLPs. Participants in this study highlighted compliance with recommendations as apoint of breakdown in the care of the patient with dysphagia. Underlying compliance were issues related to team functioningthat could hold the key to improving outcomes. These findings have implications for non-metropolitan SLPs' ability toparticipate within a stroke team, for the way care for patients with dysphagia is conceptualized, and for improvement ofcompliance with SLP recommendations.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2011|