Dysphagia and Medical Speech Language Pathology Education at the University of Pittsburgh The scope of practice of the speech-language-pathologist has changed considerably in the past 20 years. Clinical practice in the medical setting has broadened from our traditional roles of communication and cognitive disorder intervention to include management of oropha-ryngeal dysphagia with focus on patient health, safety, and disease prevention. This ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Dysphagia and Medical Speech Language Pathology Education at the University of Pittsburgh
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  • James L. Coyle
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2002
Dysphagia and Medical Speech Language Pathology Education at the University of Pittsburgh
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2002, Vol. 11, 9-12. doi:10.1044/sasd11.3.9
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2002, Vol. 11, 9-12. doi:10.1044/sasd11.3.9
The scope of practice of the speech-language-pathologist has changed considerably in the past 20 years. Clinical practice in the medical setting has broadened from our traditional roles of communication and cognitive disorder intervention to include management of oropha-ryngeal dysphagia with focus on patient health, safety, and disease prevention. This new dimension of clinical activity, with its demand for rapid and precise processing of information, bombards the practitioner with a range of data far broader and seemingly outpacing the evolution of our education and training models. We now recognize that it is essential to instill and integrate, in both academic and clinical curricula, core principles of medical science and pathophysiol-ogy, along with methods of evidence-based practice. These are critical in order to teach students how to efficiently and reliably evaluate and interpret, predict measurable health outcomes, and implement effective interventions with each dysphagic case. To this end, graduate training programs are adapting to address this demand on our changing profession.
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