Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Knowledge of the Roles of Speech-Language Pathologists by Students in Other Health Care Programs

Author(s) Amanda Sullivan
Patricia L. Cleave
Volume 27
Number 2
Year 2003
Page(s) 98-107
Language English
Keywords interprofessional-education
Abstract This study reports the findings from a survey of 268 students in their first and final years of the medicine, nursing, physiotherapy (PT), and occupational therapy (OT) programs at Dalhousie University. The focus of the survey addressed their knowledge of the roles of the speech-language pathologist (SLP). The final year nursing, PT, and OT students were more knowledgeable than the first year students in these programs. There was no difference between first and final year medical students. Significant differences were found among the programs, with OT and PT students showing more knowledge than students in either medicine or nursing. Overall, students were more knowledgeable about the role of an SLP with regard to speech difficulties than difficulties with language, especially cognitive or social language. The potential influences of interprofessional learning and varying clinical and personal experiences are discussed.

Cette étude donne un compte rendu des résultats d’un sondage de 268 étudiants de première et de dernière années des programmes de médecine, de sciences infirmières, de physiothérapie (PT) et d’ergothérapie (ÉT) à la Dalhousie University. Le but du sondage était d’évaluer leur compréhension des rôles de l’orthophoniste. Les étudiants de dernière année des programmes de sciences infirmières, de PT et d’ÉT étaient mieux renseignés que les étudiants de première année de ces programmes. Cependant, aucune différence n’a été relevée entre les étudiants de médecine de première et de dernière année. Par contre, des différences significatives d’un programme à l’autre ont été relevées, les étudiants d’ÉT et de PT démontrant une plus grande connaissance que les étudiants de médecine ou de sciences infirmières. Dans l’ensemble, les étudiants étaient mieux informés quant au rôle de l’orthophoniste à l’égard des troubles de la parole que des troubles de langage, notamment cognitifs ou sociaux. Les influences éventuelles de l’apprentissage interprofessionnel et des diverses expériences cliniques et personnelles sont étudiées.
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