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Patient Communication in Health Care Settings: new Opportunities for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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TitlePatient Communication in Health Care Settings: new Opportunities for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractDelivering quality health care requires effective communication between health care providers and their patients. In this article, we call on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) practitioners to offer their knowledge and skills in support of a broader range of patients who confront communication challenges in health care settings. We also provide ideas and examples about ways to prepare people with complex communication needs for the inevitable medical encounters that they will face. We argue that AAC practitioners, educators, and researchers have a unique role to play, important expertise to share, and an extraordinary opportunity to advance the profession, while positively affecting patient outcomes across the health care continuum for a large number of people.
AuthorsBlackstone, S. W., and Pressman H.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume32
Issue1
Pages69-79
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/07434618.2015.1125947
Keywords (MeSH)communication aids for disabled, communication barriers, communication disorders
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