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Incorporating speech-language pathology within Australian neonatal intensive care units.
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PMID:  22970676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Working in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) is considered to be advanced practice for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) requiring post-graduate specialised education and ongoing clinical mentoring, not easily accessible within some countries such as Australia. This review investigated whether there was evidence to support SLPs as core NICU team members, rather than fleeting therapists. The review found that the roles and responsibilities of SLPs in NICUs included assessment and intervention of preterm infant communication, feeding and swallowing using a family-centred approach. This approach was respectful of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the parents and the particular expertise of other NICU team members. Whilst there has been a significant and promising increase in research with regard to SLP involvement with preterm infants (especially around feeding and swallowing assessment and specific treatments), the need for high-quality well-designed research is essential.
Bernice A Mathisen; Lindsay B Carey; Annette O'Brien
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1440-1754     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  823-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2012 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).
Speech Pathology, Department of Allied Health, La Trobe Rural Health School, Bendigo School of Public Health, Public Health and Human Biosciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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