Population health in pediatric speech and language disorders: Available data sources and a research agenda for the field

Ramesh Raghavan, Stephen Camarata, Karl White, William Barbaresi, Susan Parish, Gloria Krahn

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the study was to provide an overview of population science as applied to speech and language disorders, illustrate data sources, and advance a research agenda on the epidemiology of these conditions. Method: Computer-aided database searches were performed to identify key national surveys and other sources of data necessary to establish the incidence, prevalence, and course and outcome of speech and language disorders. This article also summarizes a research agenda that could enhance our understanding of the epidemiology of these disorders. Results: Although the data yielded estimates of prevalence and incidence for speech and language disorders, existing sources of data are inadequate to establish reliable rates of incidence, prevalence, and outcomes for speech and language disorders at the population level. Conclusions: Greater support for inclusion of speech and language disorder–relevant questions is necessain national health surveys to build the population science in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1291
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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