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Aural Rehabilitation via Telepractice During COVID-19: A Global Perspective on Evolving Early Intervention Practices.
Claridge, Rebecca; Kroll, Nicholas.
  • Claridge R; Med-El Worldwide Headquarters, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Kroll N; Med-El Worldwide Headquarters, Innsbruck, Austria.
Int J Telerehabil ; 13(1): e6362, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1314865
ABSTRACT

Introduction:

Pre-pandemic, telepractice was not globally implemented despite its effectiveness. Clinicians reported challenges related to technology, confidence, and inadequate resources.

Objectives:

To document global telepractice, identify current obstacles and measure the impact of a possible solution. The timing of this research facilitated tracking telepractice changes during the pandemic.

Methods:

Two surveys measured practitioners' experience and attitude towards telepractice. Survey 1 was completed in February-March 2020. Participants then received two specialized lesson kits to trial if desired. Survey 2 was a follow-up after 4-6 weeks.

Results:

Between surveys, the proportion of participants providing telepractice increased from 47.6% to 91.7%. The lesson kits were trialled by 74.3%. Their use had a positive impact on three of the top five factors affecting the delivery of telepractice parent coaching, clinician experience and accessing resources.

Conclusion:

Telepractice was rapidly adopted globally during the pandemic. The specialized resources were helpful in overcoming some of the barriers to delivery.

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