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Interventions using high technology communication devices: a state of the art review

Baxter, S., Enderby, P., Judge, S. and Evans, P. (2012) Interventions using high technology communication devices: a state of the art review. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 64 (3). pp. 137-144. ISSN 1021-7762


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Background/Aims: In the last 20 years the range of high technology augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids has rapidly expanded. This review aimed to provide a “state of the art” synthesis, to provide evidence-based information for researchers, potential users and service providers.

Methods: Electronic databases were searched from 2000 to 2010, together with reference lists of included papers and review papers. The review considered work of any design which reported an intervention using high tech AAC with people who have communication difficulties (excluding those with solely hearing or visually loss) published in peer-reviewed journals.

Results: Sixty five papers reporting interventions using high tech AAC were identified. There was evidence that high technology AAC may be beneficial across a range of diagnoses and ages. The evidence however is currently drawn from studies using designs considered to be at high risk of bias.

Conclusion: The review suggests that the high level of individual variation in outcome requires a greater understanding of characteristics of clients who may or may not benefit from this technology. Also, the wide range of outcomes measured requires further work in the field to establish what a “good outcome” from intervention may be.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2012 Karger. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This study forms part of a research project commissioned and led by Communication Matters, the UK charity for augmentative and alternative communication. This work is funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery Fund.
Keywords: augmentative and alternative communication, systematic review, assistive technology
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Section of Public Health (Sheffield)
Funding Information:
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Communication MattersUNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email s.k.baxter@sheffield.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 08:56
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000338250
Status: Published
Publisher: Karger
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1159/000338250
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74331

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