Speech-language pathologists and adult palliative care in Australia
Laura Chahda, Lindsay B Carey, Bernice A Mathisen, Travis Threats
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020
PURPOSE: This research explored the role of Australian Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to identify SLP experiences and practices regarding adult palliative care (PC) management. METHOD: Utilising mixed methods, phase one comprised a literature scoping review of SLP practices in PC. Phase two involved a survey compiling demographic data of Australian SLPs working in adult PC. Phase three involved in-depth interviews exploring SLP experiences in PC. RESULT: It was found that minimal resources or published literature existed regarding SLPs in PC, however the available literature indicated SLPs can be valuable and influential members of a PC team. Interviewed SLPs acknowledged their proficie..View full abstract
The researchers wish to acknowledge the support of Associate Professor Bruce Rumbold, OAM, Director of the Public Health Palliative Care Unit, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.