A survey of head and neck cancer curriculum in united states speech language pathology masters programs

Hon K. Yuen, Michelle Fallis, Bonnie Martin-Harris

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Abstract

We surveyed speech language pathology (SLP) programs for head and neck cancer (HNC) training. Program directors of 242 American Speech-Language- Hearing Association accredited masters programs for SLP were contacted regarding curricular HNC material. Directors (n=120) responded online: six included a required course in HNC, and all but two programs with no required HNC course included HNC topics in other required courses. Thirty-two programs were affiliated with a medical center and/or a teaching hospital. Programs that offered either a required course in HNC or elective courses on HNC were more likely to be affiliated with a medical center and/or a teaching hospital than programs that did not offer a required course in HNC (P=0.043) or elective courses on HNC (P=0.007), respectively. Few programs offer a required HNC course but most programs integrate HNC content into the required coursework. Potential strategies to incorporate HNC exposure into formal SLP programs are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-559
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • Clinical competence
  • Health education
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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