26 June 2023
RCSLT has launched a new dataset to capture information about people with long COVID who have speech and language therapy needs.
The long COVID speech and language therapy dataset has been developed and piloted by a working group consisting of members of the profession with experience of supporting individuals with long COVID who have speech and language therapy needs.
The dataset has been designed to facilitate the collection of data that will support individual speech and language therapists, speech and language therapy services and the wider profession with delivering high quality speech and language therapy, building the evidence base, demonstrating the impact of speech and language therapy and supporting a data-driven approach to service delivery.
The dataset includes fields related to patient demographics, presentation, management and outcomes, using Therapy Outcome Measures (Enderby and John, 2019). It supersedes the COVID-19 dataset, which was developed by members in May 2020 in response to the need to deepen our understanding of the role of SLTs working with people with confirmed/suspected COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic.
Services may decide to collect and analyse the data at a local level or opt to submit data to the RCSLT Online Outcome Tool (ROOT) for collation at a national level as part of our long COVID project.