Patient Provider Communication: Preparation of SLP Externship Students (Beukelman et al, 2016)

doctor talking with patientBeukelman, D. R., Fager, S., & Seberg, S. (2016). Patient provider communication: Preparation of speech-language pathology externship studentsPerspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups1(11), 35-40.


Abstract: This article reviews pertinent policies, information, and materials that assist speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to support effective communication between health care providers and communication vulnerable patients across health care settings. Five types of communication vulnerable patients and the roles of communication support personnel are discussed. Several types of medical referrals to initiate patient provider communication (PPC) support are introduced. Access to a variety of communication support materials and tools is provided. Instructional strategies to integrate PPC instruction into preprofessional programs and externship experiences are described.

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