Patient Provider Communication: Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Externship Students 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 ... Article
Article  |   April 30, 2016
Patient Provider Communication: Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Externship Students
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • David R. Beukelman
    Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NB
  • Susan Fager
    Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NB
  • Suzanne Seberg
    Speech Language Pathology, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NB
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  • Financial: The preparation of this article was supported in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Health (Grant H133E140026, NIDILRR).
    Financial: The preparation of this article was supported in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Health (Grant H133E140026, NIDILRR).×
  • Nonfinancial: The authors have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose
    Nonfinancial: The authors have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Part 1
Article   |   April 30, 2016
Patient Provider Communication: Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Externship Students
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 35-40. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG11.35
History: Received December 1, 2015 , Revised March 25, 2016 , Accepted March 28, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 35-40. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG11.35
History: Received December 1, 2015; Revised March 25, 2016; Accepted March 28, 2016

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.

Acknowledgements
The authors wish to thank the patients, medical providers, and clinical colleagues who have shared their communication experiences and insights with us through the years.
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