Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

An Education and Training Survey of Speech-Language Pathologists Working with Individuals with Cancer of the Larynx

 
Author(s) Paul G. Beaudin
John R. Godes
Allana C. Gowan
Jennifer L. Minuk
Volume 27
Number 3
Year 2003
Page(s) 144-157
Language English
Category
Keywords rehabilitation
head
and
neck
cancer
laryngeal
alaryngeal
voice
speech
clinical
education
care
Abstract The objective of this study was to obtain preliminary information concerning the level of preparedness (via education and training) of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) currently employed in Canadian hospitals or clinical facilities serving individuals with laryngeal/head and neck cancer. Survey data were gathered from respondents at clinical facilities across Canada. Information was obtained regarding the types of services currently provided to this clinical population, the ratio of time spent serving those with head and neck cancer, years of experience as an SLP, education location and topics covered in formal university-level education, and levels of preparedness in various clinical domains related to head and neck cancer. In addition, respondents were asked about perceived need for greater education of SLPs working with head and neck cancer populations, and if required, what elements should constitute that education. Results suggest a greater need for systematic and basic academic education, as well as comprehensive, easily accessible postdegree continuing education that focuses on the comprehensive care of those with laryngeal/head and neck cancer.



L’objectif de cette étude était d’obtenir des informations préliminaires quant au niveau de préparation des orthophonistes (éducation et formation) travaillant présentement dans les hôpitaux et cliniques du Canada et désservant la clientèle présentant un cancer laryngé de la tête et du cou. Des données ont été obtenues à l’aide d’un sondage effectué auprès de répondant(e)s oeuvrant dans différentes cliniques canadiennes concernant les types de services couramment offerts à cette clientèle, le temps passé auprès de celle-ci, les années d’expérience des orthophonistes, le lieu d’éducation et les sujets couverts lors de la formation universitaire des orthophonistes, de même que le niveau de préparation concernant les divers aspects cliniques reliés au traitement des patients avec cancerde la tête et du cou. De plus, les répondants au sondage ont été interrogés à savoir si le besoin d’une formation accrue était ressenti pour oeuvrer auprès de la clientèle atteinte de cancer de la tête et du cou et dans l’affirmative, à savoir quels en seraient les éléments. Les résultats suggèrent un besoin plus grand de formation académique systématique de base, de même que l’accès plus facile à une formation post-universitaire exhaustive concentrée sur les soins complets des personnes atteintes d’un cancer laryngé de la tête et du cou.
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Link http://cjslpa.ca/files/2003_JSLPA_Vol_27/No_03_141-184/Beaudin_Godes_Gowan_JSLPA_2003.pdf
 
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