Introduction of a speech-language pathology assistant role for swallow screening in a head and neck radiotherapy clinic.
Jacqui Frowen, Rhys Hughes, Nicole Kiss
Int J Speech Lang Pathol | Published : 2021
PURPOSE: Optimal care suggests that all moderate-high risk head and neck (H&N) cancer patients should receive speech pathology assessment, education and management when commencing radiotherapy. However this is not always feasible due to high patient numbers and limited staffing. The aim of this study was to investigate the implementation of a speech-language pathology assistant (SLP-A) role for swallowing screening and education in a multidisciplinary H&N treatment clinic. METHOD: A detailed model of care and training module were developed to up-skill the SLP-A in the screening and education to be undertaken. A pre-test post-test design compared outcomes in two separate groups prior to and f..View full abstract