Dysphagia in Hospice Care: The Roles of Social Work and Speech-Language Pathologists This article addresses the unique roles of social work and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in end-of-life and hospice care settings. The four levels of hospice care are explained. Suggested social work and SLP interventions for end-of-life nutrition and approaches to patient communication are offered. Case studies are used to illustrate the ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2014
Dysphagia in Hospice Care: The Roles of Social Work and Speech-Language Pathologists
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Deborah Hinson
    Community Care Social Worker, Social Work and Community-Based Services (122) VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Aaron J. Goldsmith
    Community Care Program Coordinator, Social Work and Community-Based Services (122) VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Joseph Murray
    Chief, Audiology/Speech Pathology Service (126) VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Financial Disclosure: Deborah Hinson is a Community Care Social Worker at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Aaron J. Goldsmith is a Community Care Program Coordinator at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Joseph Murray is Chief of audiology/speech pathology service (126) at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
    Financial Disclosure: Deborah Hinson is a Community Care Social Worker at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Aaron J. Goldsmith is a Community Care Program Coordinator at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Joseph Murray is Chief of audiology/speech pathology service (126) at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Deborah Hinson has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Aaron J. has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Joseph Murray has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Deborah Hinson has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Aaron J. has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Joseph Murray has previously published in the subject area.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Healthcare Settings / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2014
Dysphagia in Hospice Care: The Roles of Social Work and Speech-Language Pathologists
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2014, Vol. 23, 173-186. doi:10.1044/sasd23.4.173
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2014, Vol. 23, 173-186. doi:10.1044/sasd23.4.173

This article addresses the unique roles of social work and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in end-of-life and hospice care settings. The four levels of hospice care are explained. Suggested social work and SLP interventions for end-of-life nutrition and approaches to patient communication are offered. Case studies are used to illustrate the specialized roles that social work and SLP have in end-of-life care settings.

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