Cotreatment Practices Among Speech-Language Pathologists and other Allied Health Professionals: A National Practice Survey

University of Cincinnati

Authors / Faculty: Sarah Hamilton Dugan, PhD, CCC-SLP & Sarah Schwab, PT, DPT, MA
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End Date: 9/1/2021

Function and disability transcend the boundaries of a single rehabilitation discipline and thus require interprofessional care to promote participation in meaningful life areas within appropriate task and environmental contexts. Interprofessional practice “straddles the disciplines” with solutions emerging when multiple disciplines consider a problem together, rather than in isolation. Nearly two decades ago, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) developed cotreatment guidelines that established clear support from each professional organization for collaborative care within a single therapy session. Implementation of the cotreatment practice model among speech-language pathologists and other allied health professionals is currently unknown. The purpose of this national practice survey is to evaluate SLPs experiences with cotreatment, attitudes toward cotreatment, and barriers/facilitators to cotreatment.