Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI): Assessment and treatment procedures used by speech-language pathologists (SLPs)

Melissa C. Duff, F Proctor, Katarina Haley

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Abstract

The purpose of this study were to identify how individuals with MTBI are assessed, to determine the referral process to and from speech-language pathologists (SLPs), to describe the frequency, structure, and nature of treatment, to identify how individuals with MTBI and their families are educated about the injury and counselled, and to assess current follow-up procedures. One-hundred and forty-three hospital and rehabilitation centre based SLPs from North Carolina and Illinois responded to a survey developed to address these areas of interest. Findings indicated current diagnostic tools used by SLPs lack the sensitivity to detect the subtle cognitive associated with MTBI, referral and follow-up procedures are not sufficiently implemented in facilities to meet the growing needs of individuals with MTBI, and SLPs would benefit from increased training regarding the management of individuals with MTBI including educating and counselling patients and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-787
Number of pages15
JournalBrain Injury
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology

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