Use of the iPad for Graduate Clinician Distance Supervision: A Preliminary Study The methods of clinical supervision are rapidly changing in our world of technology. Increasingly, university clinics are embracing new electronic videoconferencing methodologies that allow distant supervisors, graduate clinicians, and clients to connect instantaneously for real-time communication. In this survey study, clinicians and parents rated their levels of satisfaction regarding distance ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2013
Use of the iPad for Graduate Clinician Distance Supervision: A Preliminary Study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Farrell Cynthia Fangman
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lindstedt D. Elise
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
  • Anderkin Katie
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
  • Burdett Erin C.
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lyding Brianna
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
  • Sarge Melissa
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
  • Disclosure: Cynthia Fangman Farrell, D. Elise Lindstedt, Katie Anderkin, Erin C. Burdett, Brianna Lyding, and Melissa Sarge have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Cynthia Fangman Farrell, D. Elise Lindstedt, Katie Anderkin, Erin C. Burdett, Brianna Lyding, and Melissa Sarge have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   August 01, 2013
Use of the iPad for Graduate Clinician Distance Supervision: A Preliminary Study
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, August 2013, Vol. 23, 59-69. doi:10.1044/aas23.2.59
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, August 2013, Vol. 23, 59-69. doi:10.1044/aas23.2.59

The methods of clinical supervision are rapidly changing in our world of technology. Increasingly, university clinics are embracing new electronic videoconferencing methodologies that allow distant supervisors, graduate clinicians, and clients to connect instantaneously for real-time communication. In this survey study, clinicians and parents rated their levels of satisfaction regarding distance supervision by iPad as compared with in-person supervision. Four pediatric client-parents with previous in-person supervision experience and 4 graduate clinicians in their first clinical practicum volunteered to participate in this study. Satisfaction surveys were used to compare parent and clinician ratings of clinical supervision using the Apple iPad2 vs. in-person mode. A crossover design was used for 8 weeks, with each participant group experiencing each mode of supervision for 4 weeks. Results showed consistent favorable parent ratings and mixed clinician ratings for 7 common elements of iPad supervision. However, when 3 additional unique factors were rated for quality and effectiveness, both parents and clinicians provided favorable ratings. Overall, both groups preferred in-person over iPad supervision. Additional research is needed to determine the most satisfactory and effective ways to use the iPad for distance supervision.

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