Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice Patterns of Speech-Language Pathologists Working With Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury Purpose Although speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are important members of the health care team serving adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) with cognitive–communication disorders, little is known about services SLPs deliver and how they rate their own knowledge and skills. The aims of this study were to identify practice patterns, knowledge, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   February 06, 2018
Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice Patterns of Speech-Language Pathologists Working With Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sarah Riedeman
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Lyn Turkstra
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Lyn Turkstra is now at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Lyn Turkstra is now at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada×
  • Correspondence to Sarah K Riedeman: sriedeman@gmail.com
  • Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Editor: Kristie Spencer
    Editor: Kristie Spencer×
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Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Research Articles
Research Article   |   February 06, 2018
Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice Patterns of Speech-Language Pathologists Working With Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2018, Vol. 27, 181-191. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0011
History: Received January 24, 2017 , Revised May 30, 2017 , Accepted October 2, 2017
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2018, Vol. 27, 181-191. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0011
History: Received January 24, 2017; Revised May 30, 2017; Accepted October 2, 2017

Purpose Although speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are important members of the health care team serving adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) with cognitive–communication disorders, little is known about services SLPs deliver and how they rate their own knowledge and skills. The aims of this study were to identify practice patterns, knowledge, and confidence levels of SLPs working with adults with TBI with cognitive–communication disorders.

Method We surveyed 100 SLPs from rural and urban hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics in Wisconsin and analyzed data descriptively.

Results SLPs in this sample had a combination of accurate and inaccurate knowledge related to TBI. Although all participants reported working with individuals with TBI, many participants rated themselves as lacking confidence or knowledge in this practice area. SLPs reported variable use of evidence-based procedures and training related to TBI.

Conclusion Results confirmed the high prevalence of TBI-related practice among SLPs in medical settings, but there was variable knowledge, confidence, and use of current evidence in practice. SLP graduate training programs, individual providers, health care administrators, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association can use results from this study to advance and improve SLP clinical services for adults with TBI.

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