A recent ASHA survey asked members about their experience with collaborative practice—defined as occurring when "multiple workers from different professions collaborate to provide integrated services in an educational or health care environment"—and the barriers they encountered to working this way.
Barriers to collaborative practice
When asked to identify the barriers to working in a collaborative environment [PDF] they had encountered, more than a third (36.1 percent) of audiologists and nearly two-thirds (65.1 percent) of SLPs responded "scheduling."
Responses varied by practice setting. For example, audiologists and SLPs in health care settings were much more likely than those in schools to indicate "costs or reimbursement" as a barrier to collaborative practice.
Experience with collaborative practice
In the survey, more than half (55.1 percent) of audiologists and nearly three-quarters (73.8 percent) of speech-language pathologists indicated they've had "mostly good experiences" with collaborative practice [PDF].
Responses varied by practice setting. For example, audiologists in schools were more likely than those in health care settings to indicate they've had "mostly good experiences" with collaborative practice. The reverse was true for SLPs.