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ERIC Number: EJ1160986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
Health Care Provider Accommodations for Patients with Communication Disorders
Burns, Michael I.; Baylor, Carolyn; Dudgeon, Brian J.; Starks, Helene; Yorkston, Kathryn
Topics in Language Disorders, v37 n4 p311-333 Oct-Dec 2017
Health care providers can experience increased diffculty communicating with adult patients during medical interactions when the patients have communication disorders. Meeting the communication needs of these patients can also create unique challenges for providers. The authors explore Communication Accommodation Theory (H. Giles, 1979) as a guide for helping providers learn to adapt, or accommodate, their communication style at the appropriate level (neither too much nor too little) when their patients have communication disorders. Using principles of Communication Accommodation Theory, this article navigates case examples of medical interactions involving 2 hypothetical patients, 1 with aphasia and 1 with dysarthria. We use these two patients to illustrate some appropriate accommodations for patients with aphasia or dysarthria. Suggested accommodations stem from the FRAME mnemonic for communicating with patients with communication disorders and are organized using SEGUE, a framework outlining specifcic steps in a typical medical interaction. This article may also serve as a resource for speech--language pathologies providing in-services to their health care colleagues on this topic and to support interprofessional practices.
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Language: English
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