Outcomes from a short-term loan library: Challenges for clinical practice

Tom Griffiths, Katie Price

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Abstract

The Communication, Learning and Technology (CLT) Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, offers specialist advice to children (80-100 per year) with communication needs. Trial of equipment forms part of the pathway of care which aims to establish successful communication systems for children. Assessment findings determine a “short-list” of trial equipment, which is loaned to children for 6-12 weeks. Evaluation of the impact of equipment then forms the basis of recommendations for purchase and support.
Appraising the outcomes of these loans has proven challenging: measures relevant to identifying the success of communication systems are much debated. Valuable measures in the long-term based on increased participation, quality of life, or academic achievement may be of little use as indicators of potential benefit during a short-term trial. Evaluation of the impact of loaned equipment needs assessment of potential value since the full impact of the equipment may not be apparent.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event15th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Highest Performance Communication… Best Life Experience - David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 28 Jul 20122 Aug 2012
https://isaac-online.org/english/conference-history/isaac-2012-pittsburgh/

Conference

Conference15th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Abbreviated titleISAAC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period28/07/122/08/12
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