• 04 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ONLINE - Zoom Platform
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    Harnessing Implementation Science to
    Measure Outcomes in Aphasia

    June 4, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

    Members: FREE
    Non-Members: $60


    There is a well-documented research to practice gap in all fields of communication sciences and disorders (CSD), including aphasia care. One barrier to clinical practice is the variability in outcome measurement practices in aphasia, which limits our ability to make clinical decisions for care planning and identify patterns of recovery to support client outcomes. Implementation science (IS) offers methods to understand and address challenges and facilitators to practice, with a goal of promoting the systematic uptake of evidence-based research into routine clinical care. In this session, we will discuss the foundations of IS methods including frameworks, strategies, and outcomes and how IS can be applied by CSD clinicians and researchers within clinical initiatives and research to support outcome measurement. Next, we will provide examples of how IS methods were applied within our clinical research initiatives to support outcome measurement in aphasia. This session will conclude with a discussion about next steps for IS in the field of aphasia management, which can extend more broadly to CSD.

    Megan E. Schliep, PhD, CCC-SLP, MPH
    Carla Tierney-Hendricks, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Learner Outcomes
    The participants will be able to:
    1. Describe how outcome measurement in aphasia supports clinical decision-making and our understanding of patterns of recovery

    2. Explain how utilizing implementation science methodology can improve clinical practice initiatives
    3. Apply implementation science principles to clinical practice situations in aphasia care

    Time-Ordered Agenda
    10:00a - 10:05a: Introduction to Presentation
    - Disclosures
    - Outline of presentation
    10:05a - 10:15a: Introduction to clinical practice gaps
    10:15a - 10:30a: Overview of the field of Implementation Science
    10:30a - 10:50a: Implementation of Stroke Outcomes Tool to support clinical decision-making
    10:50a - 11:10a: National Survey Study to examine Outcome Measurement Facilitators & Barriers
    11:10a - 11:30a: Breakout Room Application Activity: Using Logic Models with Clinical Vignettes
    11:30a - 11:45a: Full Group Reflection
    11:45a - 12:00p: Q&A Discussion

    About the Presenters

    Megan Schliep is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She also holds a clinical appointment as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, which is part of the Mass General Brigham Network. Her research focuses on post-stroke aphasia and explores the implementation of standardized assessment practices across the care continuum, as well as the development of clinical predictors to inform recovery patterns. She is particularly interested in identifying markers of individual ability associated with potential for improvement that can be measured in the early phases of aphasia and can be incorporated into routine practice. Additionally, she is interested in examining the interaction of communication and mobility factors on recovery trajectories and treatment responsiveness in individuals with concomitant language and motor impairment following stroke. Examining clinical factors in recovery, along with facilitators and barriers to assessment and treatment practices, has the potential to directly impact patient care and outcomes, addressing a critical gap in clinical practice in aphasia recovery.

    Carla Tierney-Hendricks is a third-year doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has extensive clinical experience as a Speech-Language pathology in acute and rehabilitation settings, working primarily with adults with neurological conditions. She holds a clinical appointment as a Speech-Language pathologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Her research focuses on improving person-centered, evidence-based care in aphasia rehabilitation using implementation science and mixed method approaches. Her work explores client engagement in the rehabilitation process with the goal of identifying and implementing practices that supports client-provider relationships and service delivery. She is also interested in developing and testing implementation strategies to support clinical decision-making in aphasia care.

    Disclosure Statements

    Megan E. Schliep, PhD, CCC-SLP, MPH 
    Financial: Megan receives a salary as an Assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She also receives a salary as a speech pathologist from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

    Non-financial: Megan is a member of ASHA. She is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.

    Carla Tierney-Hendricks, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Financial: Carla receives a salary as a speech language pathologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She receives a doctoral stipend as a third year doctoral student in the PhD Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

    Carla is a member of ASHA.

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