Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The role of the speech-language pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication with acute care patients with severe communication impairments
by Vento-Wilson, Margaret, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 131; 1517556
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis describes a pre-experimental, within-subject, pre-test/post-test design used to measure the impact of an in-service training on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) on the AAC implementation practices of 103 pre-service nursing students enrolled in their acute care clinical practicum. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected through two surveys delivered on the day of the training and one survey delivered either 3 or 6 weeks post-training, after the pre-service nursing students had worked with patients in an acute care setting and had an opportunity to use the AAC systems they received in the training. Results indicated that AAC confidence level and implementation likelihood demonstrated a statistically significant increase. The author discusses the results of the surveys as they relate to current findings in the speech-language pathology and nursing literature corpus, and suggests possible avenues and collaboration for training in the use of AAC systems in the acute care setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ostergren, Jennifer
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Speech therapy, Nursing
Publication Number: 1517556
ISBN: 978-1-267-45586-4
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