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Revista CEFAC

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MATOS, Asenate Soares de et al. Laser therapy applied to orofacial motricity: perception of members of the Brazilian Orofacial Motricity Association - Abramo. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.1, pp.61-68. ISSN 1982-0216.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1982-021620182017317.

Purpose:

to know the profile of members of the Brazilian Association of Orofacial Motricity and their knowledge and interest on laser therapy in Orofacial Motricity.

Methods:

an online form was elaborated covering questions about the speech therapist’s profile, training, and acting, as well as his/her knowledge about the theories of laser therapy and its clinical application. The form was sent via e-mail to members of the Brazilian Association of Orofacial Motricity - ABRAMO, registered in the year 2015. Data were analyzed through descriptive statistics and the Spearman’s correlation test.

Results:

only 5 (19.2%) out of the 26 participants reported having contact with laser equipment, and of these, only 1 (3.8%) used it in his/her practice. Regarding knowledge of the method, only 2 (7.7%) were trained, and the majority, 14 speech therapists (53.8%), had an interest in acquiring knowledge on this subject. Speech therapists with a longer training period were unaware of laser therapy (p = 0.03) and did not agree on the use (p = 0.01), but claimed to be interested in the subject (p = 0.05).

Conclusion:

it was possible to verify that the interest in improvement and insertion in the clinical practice in laser therapy are realities for the research volunteers, but a very small number has the knowledge and makes use of the technique in their interventions.

Palavras-chave : Low-Level Light Therapy; Laser Therapy; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Speech Therapy.

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