Strength in compromise.



McGrane, Helen and Stansfield, Jois (2001) Strength in compromise. Speech and Language Therapy in Practice (Autumn). pp. 8-11. ISSN ISSN Print 1368-2105, ISSN Online 2045-6174

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Abstract

This article describes Mark (age 26) who has severe dysarthria following a head injury. He accepted AAC (SpeechViewer) as a short-term measure, but was keen to use technology (the electropalatograph) he saw promoted in the media to improve his oral skills. His speech and language therapists feel that this will not help him. The ethical issues involved in the case are discussed and illustrated by the use of Seedhouse's ethical grid. These include the levels of practicality, the general level of outcome to be achieved, the level of duties expected, and the principles behind health work. Issues which impact on Mark's expectations of the speech and language therapy service and which remain unresolved are the gaps in NHS provision for young head injured individuals as their circumstances change, and the tendency of the media to overstate the benefits of new approaches to disability.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 10:12
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 10:12
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2449

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