Speech-language pathologists' contribution to the assessment of decision-making capacity in aphasia: a survey of common practices

Aldous, Kerryn, Tolmie, Rhiannon, Worrall, Linda and Ferguson, Alison (2014). Speech-language pathologists' contribution to the assessment of decision-making capacity in aphasia: a survey of common practices. In: Nicole Watts Pappas, Selected papers from the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia, (231-241). 23-26 June 2013. doi:10.3109/17549507.2013.871751


Author Aldous, Kerryn
Tolmie, Rhiannon
Worrall, Linda
Ferguson, Alison
Title of paper Speech-language pathologists' contribution to the assessment of decision-making capacity in aphasia: a survey of common practices
Conference name Speech Pathology Australia 2013 National Conference
Conference location Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 23-26 June 2013
Proceedings title Selected papers from the 2013 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2013.871751
ISSN 1754-9507
1754-9515
Editor Nicole Watts Pappas
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 231
End page 241
Total pages 11
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Speech-language pathologists' scope of practice is currently unclear in relation to their contribution to the multi-disciplinary assessment of decision-making capacity for clients with aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders. The primary aim of the current research study was to investigate the common practices of speech-language pathologists involved in assessments of decision-making capacity. The study was completed through the use of an online survey. There were 51 of 59 respondents who indicated involvement in evaluations of decision-making. Involvement in this kind of assessment was most commonly reported by speech-language pathologists working in inpatient acute and rehabilitation settings. Respondents reported using a variety of formal and informal assessment methods in their contributions to capacity assessment. Discussion with multidisciplinary team members was reported to have the greatest influence on their recommendations. Speech-language pathologists reported that they were dissatisfied with current protocols for capacity assessments in their workplace and indicated they would benefit from further education and training in this area. The findings of this study are discussed in light of their implications for speech-language pathology practice.
Keyword Aphasia
Decision-making
Speech-language pathology
Professional practice
Multidisciplinary team
Legal issues
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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