Master's Theses


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study examines infection control practices in the clinical education of university speech-language pathology and audiology programs. Responses to surveys are presented from 114 of 227 accredited programs, for a 50% return. Specific questions regarding current infect ion control policies and procedures are detailed. A majority of programs (82%) indicate that written policies are present within clinic settings: however. formal education on infection control is currently offered to only 48% of the faculty and 86% of the students. Discussions regarding tuberculosis testing, immunization, hand washing procedures and general infection control practices are presented. The issues of educating students in infection control and the supervision of those students arc emphasized. While this study suggests that there are increases in infection control policies and practices within clinical settings in university programs relative to previous findings, there is a continued need for clinical awareness, which would result in practice changes.


Frederick Britton

Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1999 Kassandra F. Kleymann


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