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ERIC Number: EJ961710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1368-2822
Beginning to Teach the End: The Importance of Including Discharge from Aphasia Therapy in the Curriculum
Hersh, Deborah; Cruice, Madeline
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, v45 n3 p263-274 May-Jun 2010
Background: Discharging clients with long-term aphasia from therapy services constitutes a challenging dilemma for practising clinicians for a multitude of reasons. Although discharge was raised and discussed as a contentious issue in the field of aphasiology ten years ago, it remains an aspect of practice which is complex and underexplored. We are only a little more enlightened now than then on how to address this issue in relation to professional education and practice. Aims: This paper draws on a single case study of a man with aphasia, his wife, and treating clinician, taken from a substantial research study, to highlight awareness of how communication, choice and differing perceptions of goals of therapy influence the experience of the discharge process. The case serves as the context for addressing a gap in the university curriculum around teaching about discharge practice in the context of long-term aphasia. Methods & Procedures: This paper describes how university and practice educators could include discharge issues in students' learning by teaching discharge in context, addressing it in formal university lessons as well as through work-based learning opportunities in clinical placements, and by scaffolding learning using graduated learning outcomes over the different stages of the students' programme. Main contribution: This paper provides practical suggestions to guide the inclusion of discharge in teaching about communication disorders generally, and specifically in relation to long-term aphasia. Discharge needs to be appreciated within the context of the entire intervention process, with good practice modelled in both university and workplace settings. We propose that it is learned in association with stages of decision-making, duty of care, documentation, goal setting, continuous therapy evaluation, clinical reasoning, professional communication with clients, ethical behaviour, and evidence-based practice. Conclusions & Implications: Bringing discharge practice from the realm of implicit knowledge to one that can be examined and discussed in an explicit manner should help reduce anxieties about discharge for new clinicians, help to clarify and improve the discharge approaches used by clinicians and lead to better discharge experiences for clients. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom