From Words to Wellness: an Example of S-LPs in Primary Care Settings

This presentation will expand on learnings from our team’s first presentation Beyond Silos: Integrating Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists into Primary Care Teams. Although primary care is the first point of contact for most new and chronic health care needs, S-LPs are often absent from this setting. The lead presenter, an S-LP, will provide information using real-world applications by discussing her experience working with patients from across the lifespan in a physician-led Family Health Team (FHT). Case studies will be used to highlight how the S-LP in primary care supports the needs of a varied clientele, the other team members, and collaborates with community partners to achieve a unique person-centered care experience. We will augment the application portion of the presentation with results from our research project that explored roles, responsibilities and readiness of S-LPs and audiologists to be part of interprofessional primary care teams.

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