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Communication partner training in traumatic brain injury: A UK survey of Speech and Language Therapists’ clinical practice

Behn, N. ORCID: 0000-0001-9356-9957 (2020). Communication partner training in traumatic brain injury: A UK survey of Speech and Language Therapists’ clinical practice. Brain Injury, doi: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1763465


Primary objective: To explore the clinical practice of communication partner training by Speech and Language Therapists for people with traumatic brain injury in the UK.

Study design: Online 97-item survey which addressed the practice of training both familiar and unfamiliar communication partners, and barriers and facilitators to implementation informed by the Theoretical Domains Framework.

Participants: 169 Speech and Language Therapists from private and public settings in the UK.

Results: While 96% reported training familiar communication partners, only 58% reported training unfamiliar communication partners. Therapists reported providing communication partner training consistent with best practice 43% of the time. Evidence-based published programmes were used by 13.8% and 19.9% of participants for training familiar and unfamiliar partners respectively. Therapists reported using outcomes for familiar and unfamiliar communication partners 83% and 78% of the time. The most frequently-reported barrier was lack of behavioural regulation (e.g., planning). Most frequent perceived facilitators were clinicians wanting to deliver communication partner training and that training was part of therapists’ professional role (social professional role and identity).

Conclusions: Therapists were motivated to deliver communication partner training but reduced capability affected implementation. Further support to clinicians on outcome measurement with materials to develop workplace systems to monitor implementation are needed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Brain Injury on 10 June 2020, available online:
Publisher Keywords: traumatic brain injury, communication partner training, cognitive-communication
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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