Speech-language pathology services for Indigenous Australian adults with acquired communication disorders: a systematic quantitative literature review

Cochrane, Frances, Cornwell, Petrea, and Siyambalapitiya, Samantha (2018) Speech-language pathology services for Indigenous Australian adults with acquired communication disorders: a systematic quantitative literature review. Speech, Language and Hearing. (In Press)

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Abstract

This review aimed to describe: a) experiences of Indigenous Australian adults with ACDs; b) current speech-language pathology (SLP) practices with this population, and c) research methodologies employed to explore these factors in previous research. A systematic quantitative literature review was conducted across five databases using a priori search inclusion/exclusion criteria and search parameters relevant to the aims. Studies published in peer-reviewed journals up to February 2016 were considered in the review. Six studies met criteria for inclusion. Two described experiences of Indigenous Australian adults with ACDs (as well as significant others). Four studies related to current SLP practice with this population. Experiences specific to Indigenous Australian adults with ACDs living outside the state of Western Australia, or those actively engaged in the acute hospital setting have not been included in studies to date. Research relating specifically to SLP services for Indigenous Australian adults with ACDs following neurological injury is an emerging area, with all of the studies generated since 2012. SLPs report several barriers to service provision including a lack of knowledge, confidence and culturally appropriate resources; and challenges working with Indigenous Liaison Officers and interpreters. Future research should explore how speech-language pathologists diagnose and manage ACDs in this population, how SLPs engage with relevant stakeholders, and should address the specific needs of the Torres Strait Islander population. Qualitative research approaches, including collaboration with Indigenous Reference Groups and engagement of Indigenous research assistants contributes to culturally safe research approaches and is congruent with ethical guidelines for this population.

Item ID: 56117
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2050-5728
Keywords: cultural and linguistic diversity, speech-language pathology, stroke, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, service delivery, communication, Indigenous
Copyright Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 22:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 40%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 40%
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