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The iPad as a clinical tool in Speech-Language Pathology: Clinician perspectives

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  • The rapid growth of mobile technology within society is changing service delivery in health care settings, including speech and language services. Despite limited research in this area, use of mobile devices as a clinical tool continues to grow. This study documents speech-language pathologists’ perspectives on current and future use of the iPad in clinical practice. The study is part of a larger project examining the use of iPads by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Alberta Health Services (AHS), a large province-wide health agency. This component of the project examined SLPs’ perspectives about the use of iPads and the supports needed to use this technology within a large health agency. Through use of an online survey, SLPs employed by AHS explored the benefits and limitations to using the iPad as a clinical tool. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected. Clinicians identified a number of benefits and limitations of the iPad, and reported that their approach to using the device was similar to that of any other clinical tool. Results also revealed the challenges clinicians and organizations will face when implementing this technology.

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