Evaluation of a Training Manual for the Early Detection of Intraoral Pathologies Secondary to Smokeless Tobacco Use This study evaluated the effectiveness of a training manual developed for speech-language pathologists for providing education and early detection of oral health problems secondary to smokeless tobacco use. The training manual content, based on the curriculum objectives and oral pathology detection by speech-language pathologists, was evaluated in two phases. Phase ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   November 01, 1995
Evaluation of a Training Manual for the Early Detection of Intraoral Pathologies Secondary to Smokeless Tobacco Use
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Michael J. VanLue
    University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Elaine M. Frank
    University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • James Lemon
    Midlands Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Columbia, SC
  • Contact author: Michael J. VanLue, MSP, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.
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Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   November 01, 1995
Evaluation of a Training Manual for the Early Detection of Intraoral Pathologies Secondary to Smokeless Tobacco Use
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 1995, Vol. 4, 29-35. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0404.29
History: Received August 15, 1994 , Accepted May 11, 1995
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 1995, Vol. 4, 29-35. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0404.29
History: Received August 15, 1994; Accepted May 11, 1995

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a training manual developed for speech-language pathologists for providing education and early detection of oral health problems secondary to smokeless tobacco use. The training manual content, based on the curriculum objectives and oral pathology detection by speech-language pathologists, was evaluated in two phases. Phase I assessed the curriculum objectives, using a pretest/post-test evaluation, and assessed the clinical implementation by means of an oral screening of high school baseball team members. Phase I demonstrated mastery of the training manual content but a need for further training of speech-language pathologists in clinical detection of oral lesions. The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among the baseball team members was 46%, and oral pathologies were present in 27% of the players. Phase II evaluated the training manual used with improved clinical identification training of oral lesions secondary to smokeless tobacco use. Phase II also showed mastery of the curriculum objectives of the training manual, and showed improved clinical detection of oral lesions.

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