In November 2016, the NHMRC approved the recommendations for the first clinical practice guideline for the management of communication and swallowing disorders following paediatric traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability, affecting approximately 765 to 2008 per 100 000 Australian children each year. Its effects are vast and include speech, language and swallowing disorders.
To ensure a standard, best-evidence approach to the clinical care of children with communication and swallowing disorders following moderate or severe TBI, a multidisciplinary guideline committee has developed recommendations to guide assessment and treatment of these disorders.
The guideline consists of 30 recommendations to be used by health professionals who are involved in the management of communication and swallowing disorders following paediatric TBI. Of the developed recommendations, 5 were evidence-based and 25 were consensus-based. The recommendations aim to optimise children’s outcomes and ensure equality of care.
Guideline and Recommendations
The guideline was developed by the following researchers, clinicians and consumers:
Prof Angela Morgan, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne
Dr Cristina Mei, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Prof Vicki Anderson, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, University of Melbourne
Dr Mary-Clare Waugh, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Dr Louise Cahill, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Ms Jeanette Baker, Consumer, Australia
Dr Katie Banerjee, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Ms Mandy Beatson, Auckland District Health Board
Ms Candice Brady, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Ms Kate Brommeyer, Royal Children’s Hospital
Ms Petrea Cahir, Royal Children’s Hospital
A/Prof Cathy Catroppa, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Ms Cynthia Christianto, Sydney Children’s Hospital
Ms Suzi Drevensek, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Ms Donna Fallon, Townsville Hospital
Ms Jane Fong, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Dr Rob Forsyth, Newcastle University
Mr Matthew Frith, Hunter New England Health
Ms Patricia Grillinzoni, Consumer, Australia
Ms Flora Haritou, Royal Children’s Hospital
Ms Sophie Huntley, Royal Children’s Hospital
Ms Tamara Kelly, Novita Children’s Services
Ms Kate Osland, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Ms Jessica Palmer, Townsville Hospital
Ms Claire Radford, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Mr Damien Roberts, Royal Children’s Hospital
A/Prof Adam Scheinberg, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service
Ms Jillian Steadall, Royal Children’s Hospital
The development, publication and dissemination of this guideline was fully funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence on Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Traumatic Brain Injury.