Making the case for the collection of a minimal dataset for children with speech sound disorder

Morgan, Lydia, Overton, Sarah, Bates, Sally, Titterington, Jill and Wren, Yvonne (2021) Making the case for the collection of a minimal dataset for children with speech sound disorder. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. ISSN 1368-2822

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Background: NHS case note data are a potential source of practice-based evidence which could be used to investigate the effectiveness of different interventions for individuals with a range of speech, language and communication needs. Consistency in pre- and post-intervention data as well as the collection of relevant variables would need to be demonstrated as a precursor to adopting this approach in future investigations of speech and language therapy intervention. Aims: To explore whether routine clinical data collection for children with speech sound disorder(SSD)could be a potential source for examining the effectiveness of intervention(s). Methods & Procedures: We examined case notes from three UK NHS services, reviewing 174 sets of case notes and 234 blocks of therapy provided for school-age children with SSD. Main contribution: We found there was significant variation in pre- and post intervention data and variables collected by the services. The assessment data available in the case notes across all sites were insufficient to be used to compare the effectiveness of different interventions. Specific issues included lack of consistent reporting of pre- and post- intervention data,and use of a variety of both formal and informal assessment tools. Conclusions & Implications: The case notes reviewed were from three sites and may not represent wider clinical practice, nevertheless the findings suggest the sample explored indicates the need for more consistent and contemporaneous collection of data for children with SSD to facilitate the investigation of different interventions in practice. Researchers should work with the clinical community to determine a minimal dataset that includes a core outcome set and potential variables.This should be feasible to collect in clinical practice and provide a dataset for future investigations of clinically relevant research questions. This would provide an invaluable resource to the clinical academic and research communities enabling research questions to be addressed that have the potential to lead to improved outcomes and more cost-effective services.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: speech sound disorder, service delivery, minimal dataset, core outcomes
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 09:32
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 09:32
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