Using Telepractice to Support the Management of Head and Neck Cancer: Key Considerations for Speech-Language Pathology Service Planning, Establishment, and Evaluation With the rise of technology-enhanced health services, there is a growing opportunity to use telepractice to address the challenges associated with accessing and delivering speech-language pathology head and neck cancer (HNC) services. With an emerging body of research reporting clinical, patient and service benefits, careful planning and coordination of a ... Article
Article  |   December 21, 2017
Using Telepractice to Support the Management of Head and Neck Cancer: Key Considerations for Speech-Language Pathology Service Planning, Establishment, and Evaluation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Clare L. Burns
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland Health, Queensland, Australia
    Centre of Research in Telerehabilitation, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
    Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • Laurelie R. Wall
    Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland Health, Queensland, Australia
    Centre of Research in Telerehabilitation, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
    Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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  • Financial: Clare L. Burns has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Laurelie R. Wall has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Clare L. Burns has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Laurelie R. Wall has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Clare L. Burns has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Laurelie R. Wall has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Clare L. Burns has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Laurelie R. Wall has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Special Populations / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Part 4
Article   |   December 21, 2017
Using Telepractice to Support the Management of Head and Neck Cancer: Key Considerations for Speech-Language Pathology Service Planning, Establishment, and Evaluation
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 139-146. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG13.139
History: Received April 28, 2017 , Revised June 16, 2017 , Accepted June 19, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 139-146. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG13.139
History: Received April 28, 2017; Revised June 16, 2017; Accepted June 19, 2017

With the rise of technology-enhanced health services, there is a growing opportunity to use telepractice to address the challenges associated with accessing and delivering speech-language pathology head and neck cancer (HNC) services. With an emerging body of research reporting clinical, patient and service benefits, careful planning and coordination of a range of factors are required to integrate these new models into routine speech-language pathology practice. This paper provides a review of current evidence and key professional policy documents to assist clinicians in the development of speech-language pathology HNC telepractice services. Important aspects of service design such as mode and configuration of technology, patient suitability, staff support, and training, as well as strategies for service establishment and evaluation are discussed. Consideration of these aspects is important to ensure that future speech-language pathology HNC telepractice services meet clinical, technical, and operational requirements to support successful service implementation and long-term sustainability.

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