Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy students' awareness of each other's roles in a stroke rehabilitation team.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The clinical setting for this study was stroke rehabilitation. This study elicited the opinions of student Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) and Occupational Therapists (OT) with regard to their awareness of each others roles. The study took into consideration the students previous experience of working with their counterparts and stroke patients, levels of confidence and their opinions of team working. A questionnaire was distributed to the final year of a three year Occupational Therapy degree course and the final year of a four year Speech and Language Therapy degree course students. Thirty nine participants responded (twenty four SLT and fifteen OT). The questionnaire contained closed questions, open questions with extended responses, and Likert scales. This research found a good level of awareness of primary roles, role confusion relating to "minor" roles and conditions not frequently seen in stroke rehabilitation. There was general agreement over advantages and disadvantages of team working but student opinion differed in degree. Overall student confidence was not shown to be influenced by their previous experience. The findings suggest that roles need to be more clearly defined within professional guidelines.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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