Guidelines for SLTs working with adults in a DOC
These guidelines and associated competency framework are designed to be used by SLTs working with adults in a DOC due to a sudden onset injury, at any point in the care pathway from critical care to community long-term care.
These guidelines have been written to support the practice of SLTs working with this specialist and complex patient population.
Evidence for working with adults in DOC comes from a range of sources, but there is often a lack of research specific to SLT intervention.
Roberts and Greenwood (2019) carried out a survey of experienced SLTs using the Delphi technique in order to determine a consensus opinion on SLT best practice with this patient group. The findings from this study were used as the basis for these guidelines, which are the result of a piece of collaborative work involving specialist SLTs, working with adults in DOC across the UK. They were written by a working party of experienced SLTs employed in a range of settings.