What is it about?

This is a review of studies that evaluated the use of telepractice versus face-to-face treatment to assess cognition and communication skills in adults with acquired brain injury. Telepractice is the use of technology, like a computer with Internet and a camera or a smartphone, to remotely connect clinicians with clients to perform evaluations and conduct interventions. This review revealed that more research is needed to determine equivalency of telepractice and face-to-face clinical interactions, which impacts evaluation of telepractice efficacy.

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Why is it important?

A key premise for this review is that determination of telepractice efficacy is contingent upon diagnostic accuracy and treatment efficacy as well as determination of equivalence of telepractice and face-to-face outcomes. In addition, outcomes of included studies were reviewed within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework.

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This page is a summary of: Assessment and Treatment of Cognition and Communication Skills in Adults With Acquired Brain Injury via Telepractice: A Systematic Review, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2015, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2015_ajslp-14-0028.
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