Evaluating Preferred Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients in Long-Term Health Care Hospitals Long-term acute medical care hospital (LTACH) units serve a wide range of individuals, with serious medical problems requiring intense, special treatment for an extended period of time. Some of LTACH patients are unable to meet all of their communication needs using their natural speech, either temporarily or permanently. The purpose ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2014
Evaluating Preferred Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients in Long-Term Health Care Hospitals
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan Fager
    Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Jenna LeDoux
    Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • David Beukelman
    Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Disclosures: Financial: Susan Fager, Jenna LeDoux, and David Beukelman have no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosures: Financial: Susan Fager, Jenna LeDoux, and David Beukelman have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Susan Fager, Jenna LeDoux, and David Beukelman have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Susan Fager, Jenna LeDoux, and David Beukelman have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Article   |   April 01, 2014
Evaluating Preferred Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients in Long-Term Health Care Hospitals
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2014, Vol. 23, 99-103. doi:10.1044/aac23.2.99
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2014, Vol. 23, 99-103. doi:10.1044/aac23.2.99

Long-term acute medical care hospital (LTACH) units serve a wide range of individuals, with serious medical problems requiring intense, special treatment for an extended period of time. Some of LTACH patients are unable to meet all of their communication needs using their natural speech, either temporarily or permanently. The purpose of this investigation was to survey personnel groups who routinely work in LTACH units regarding their preferences related to 3 communication options containing 27 representative communication boards, that were supported by mobile technology including an iPad only, an iPad with a flat screen that mirrored the iPad screen, and an iPad with a projected image that mirrored the iPad screen. Participants from 3 groups, (1) registered nurses and nursing assistants; (2) allied health professionals including respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists; and (3) speech-language pathologists, ranked the iPad-only AAC choice highest for patients in LTACH units followed by the iPad with screen, and iPad with projector. For the ease of use items by patients, families, and staff, all participant groups rated the iPad alone higher than the iPad with flat screen or the iPad with projector.

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