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LHSC speech-language pathologists are currently pursuing the following research initiatives:
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in Acute Care
LHSC speech-language pathologists are involved in implementing alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) methods and technology in the acute care setting to facilitate communication for vulnerable patients who are unable to communicate verbally. This includes, among others, patients who are dependent on a ventilator or have undergone head and neck surgery and have no effective means of expressing their wishes or direct their care.
Evaluating the Impact of Speech-Language Pathology Intervention on Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
The goal of this initiative is to evaluate and improve the efficiency of speech-language pathology care and education materials provided to people with head and neck cancer receiving radiation therapy.
Investigation into Paroxysmal Kinesigenic Dyskinesia, its Incidence and Prevalence
This project aims to better define and manage paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD), a condition that can result in abnormal tongue and throat muscle movements during the act of swallowing, putting the patient at risk of aspiration and respiratory complications.