Precision intervention research for adults with complex communication needs resulting from acquired medical conditions (Beukelman, 2016).

David BeukelmanBeukelman, D. (2016). Precision intervention research for adults with complex communication needs. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 32, 233-235.

DOI: 10.1080/07434618.2016.1252947

Excerpts: “In this article, I will briefly discuss the population base of adults with acquired complex communication needs and suggest a couple of additional research strategies that AAC clinicians and researchers might consider in the future….

There are two relatively new research strategies that are being initiated in the medical field and, in my opinion, should be considered when doing effectiveness research in the AAC field in addition to performance-based investigation strategies….

The first, Patient/Client-centered Outcome Research, focuses on outcomes that are important to individuals with complex communication needs (Rao, 2015), such as quality of life, quality of communication, effort levels, and communication effectiveness in important situations…

The second, Precision Medicine Research, investigates factors associated with the relative effectiveness of medical interventions that takes into account the impact of individual variability in a patient’s medical condition, environment, and lifestyle (https:// www.nih.gov/precision-medicine-initiative-cohort-program)…

In the future, the AAC field needs to continue to collect evidence-based data for populations of people with complex communication needs that focuses both on performance and client-centered outcomes. While the goal of evidence-based intervention outcome research is to document the overall effectiveness of AAC intervention for specific population groups, the goal of precise AAC intervention research would be to identify those specific factors associated with performance and client-centered successfulness….”

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