Title

Results of a National Survey of Pre-Service Telepractice Training in Graduate Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs

Publication Title

Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Article

Keywords

telepractice, graduate training, survey

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Library and Information Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Abstract

Purpose: Telepractice and other technological advances are being widely adopted to increase access to, improve the efficiency of, and potentially decrease the cost of speech-language and audiology services. Although use of the telepractice service delivery model is proliferating, little descriptive information is known about the training that is available to preservice graduate students in speechlanguage pathology and audiology. This study examined the current state of speech-language pathology and audiology telepractice training at the university level.

Method: An 18-item survey was e-mailed to 256 directors of graduate programs in speech-language pathology, speech and hearing sciences, and/or audiology listed with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association EdFind database. Ninety-seven respondents from 35 states or U.S. territories returned the survey.

Results: A 37.9% response rate was achieved, with a majority of respondents agreeing that telepractice should be taught to graduate students in speechlanguage pathology and audiology programs. However, only 26% of the reporting universities are currently teaching the clinical and academic components of the telepractice service delivery model. Factors related to the current status of preservice clinical and academic telepractice training are discussed.

Conclusion: Telepractice is rapidly being adopted as a service delivery model in our professions. University training programs are in the early stages of adopting this innovation and can provide training in this model to prepare graduates for their future work environment.

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