In Ireland and the UK, typical health service provision requires clear outcomes to be specified before a period of intervention can be provided and justified within the context of rationed provision. This presentation will draw from a series of interviews with adults who have lifelong experience of aided communication.
This presentation will give opportunity to consider how we might:
- Define outcomes
- Relate these to our current knowledge and understanding of the available evidence base and how that may inform practice
- Explore the evidence and map that onto our understanding of outcome measurement
- Apply these issues to the specific needs identified by people who use aided communication, in particular this will focus on the experiences of those with lifelong issues and how these relate to the wider context of adult service provision and social opportunities.