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. 2003;9(5):253-8.
doi: 10.1258/135763303769211256.

Feasibility and Outcome Evaluation of a Telemedicine Application in Speech-Language Pathology

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Feasibility and Outcome Evaluation of a Telemedicine Application in Speech-Language Pathology

Claude Sicotte et al. J Telemed Telecare. .

Abstract

This evaluative study assessed the feasibility and outcome of delivering speech-language services from a distance to children and adolescents who stutter. All six patients who formed the first cohort seen in the telespeech programme were included in the study. The results demonstrated that interactive videoconferencing can provide a feasible and effective care delivery model. Patient attendance was maintained throughout the intervention. All participants showed improved fluency. Stuttering ranged from 13% to 36% before treatment and 2% to 26% after treatment. All participants maintained at least part of their improved fluency during the six-month follow-up, when stuttering ranged from 4% to 32%. The study demonstrates that full assessment and treatment of stuttering in children and adolescents can be accomplished successfully via telemedicine.

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