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How COVID-19 Transformed Speech-Language and Hearing Professions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

How COVID-19 Transformed Speech-Language and Hearing Professions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the speech-language and hearing (SLH) professions globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). A recent study published in the South African Journal of Communication Disorders (SAJCD) highlights both the challenges and opportunities faced by these professions during the pandemic. This blog post will delve into key findings from the research and offer actionable insights for practitioners.

Challenges Identified

The research identified several challenges across three main areas: research, teaching, and practice. Below are some of the key challenges:

Evidence-Based Solutions

Despite these challenges, the study also highlighted several evidence-based solutions that can help improve SLH professions in the post-pandemic era:

Future Research Directions

The study also identified areas that require further investigation to improve readiness for future pandemics:

Conclusion

The findings from this study offer valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by SLH professions in LMICs during the COVID-19 pandemic. By implementing the evidence-based solutions and focusing on future research directions, practitioners can better prepare for future public health emergencies and improve service delivery.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: The impact of COVID-19 on speech-language and hearing professions in low- and middle-income countries: Challenges and opportunities explored.


Citation: Khoza-Shangase, K., Moroe, N., Neille, J., & Edwards, A. (2022). The impact of COVID-19 on speech-language and hearing professions in low- and middle-income countries: Challenges and opportunities explored. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 69(2), 937. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v69i2.937

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