In the very beginning of the 21st century, the Speech Pathology Clinic at Nus developed a novel concept for remote rehabilitation of patients with voice and speech disorders. The concept originally came about as the speech therapists were too few to cover the needs of the county. Today, this work model is well integrated in clinical practice and meeting patients via video is considered as natural as meeting them at the clinic. Remote rehabilitation is also a routine part of the speech therapy student curriculum.
Speech therapy is offered remotely to patients of all ages and for a large number of diagnoses, including aphasia, dysarthria and dyslexia. The location of the treatment can be the patient’s home or the nearest primary healthcare facility and thus offers a more equitable care as the availability is the same regardless of where the patient lives.
In addition, the speech therapists work more effectively and can equalise the queues to various treatment facilities by accepting patients from the entire county. Moreover, this work model permits a more intensive treatment regime, which has positive impact on the clinical outcomes. Remote speech therapy was part of the EU project ITTS and has since 2014 been established in several European countries, including parts of Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.