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The Role of SpeechLanguage Pathology and Audiology in the Optimal Management of the Service Member Returning From Iraq or Afghanistan With a BlastRelated Head Injury: Position of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group

Cherney, Leora R. PhD; Gardner, Patricia JD; Logemann, Jeri A. PhD; Newman, Lisa A. ScD; O'Neil-Pirozzi, Therese ScD; Roth, Carole R. PhD; Solomon, Nancy Pearl PhD

Section Editor(s): McCulloch, Karen L. PT, PhD, NCS

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181dc82c1
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Abstract

This position paper, prepared by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trails Research Group, describes communication and swallowing disorders associated with blast injuries and delineates the roles of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists in the management of these deficits. Recovery of individuals with mild, moderate, or severe swallowing, speech, hearing, and cognitive-communication impairments is best facilitated by a team of multidisciplinary specialists including SLPs and audiologists. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have the knowledge and skills to evaluate, treat, and research swallowing, speech, hearing, and cognitive-communication functions, and they should have a primary role in determining the clinical management of, research agenda for, and public health policies regarding individuals with blast-related head injuries from the time of injury to their return to maximized life participation and quality of life.

Author Information

Communication and Brain Injury Consortium (CBIC) of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group (CSDRG), Evanston, IL.

Corresponding Author: Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group c/o Jeri A. Logemann, 1720 Maple Ave, Unit 2251, Evanston, IL 60201.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.