The current practices of speech-language pathologists in providing information to clients with traumatic brain injury

Jessica Short, Jane McCormack, Anna Copley

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Abstract

The provision of information about cognitive-communication disorders (CCDs) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is important given the impact these communication impairments can have on the rehabilitation of people with TBI. This study describes the results of an online survey which investigated the current practices of 74 Australian speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with adults with TBI. Thirty-seven SLPs outlined their practices in information provision. SLPs reported they provide information to adults with TBI about CCDs, the impact of CCDs on participation in life activities, and rehabilitation from CCDs. In addition, SLPs identifi ed barriers and facilitators to information provision. Barriers identified included time, impairments resulting from TBI, and personal characteristics of the client. Facilitators included family functioning and support and the multidisciplinary team. Findings of this research indicate a need for some changes in the format and content of information that SLPs provide to adults with TBI, to ensure they can achieve fundamental levels of health literacy and better health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-230
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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