A Consultative Approach Providing speech-language services in an acute care hospital is an exciting and challenging undertaking. The practice of speech-language pathology in this unique setting differs from traditional rehabilitation and chronic care. The patients are acutely ill and may have rapidly changing medical problems. They rarely tolerate lengthy visits, so the speech-language ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 1999
A Consultative Approach
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  • Paige George
    Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan
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Article   |   June 01, 1999
A Consultative Approach
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 1999, Vol. 9, 5-10. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.2.5
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 1999, Vol. 9, 5-10. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.2.5
Providing speech-language services in an acute care hospital is an exciting and challenging undertaking. The practice of speech-language pathology in this unique setting differs from traditional rehabilitation and chronic care. The patients are acutely ill and may have rapidly changing medical problems. They rarely tolerate lengthy visits, so the speech-language pathologist sees the patient multiple times for brief visits. Additionally, the primary aim of the speech-language assessment is to contribute to the medical team’s understanding of the patient’s illness and changing condition. The following discussion provides an introductory framework for practice in an acute care setting. The reader is referred to Johnson, Valachovic, and George (1998)  for a more comprehensive account of this framework.
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