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Speech-language pathologists working with adults in health
care settings spend a considerable portion of their time [PDF] on swallowing (42
percent), followed by aphasia (16 percent), dementia (15 percent), and
traumatic brain injury (8 percent), according to a recent survey completed by
more than 2,000 ASHA-certified SLPs from a variety of health care settings. The
survey achieved a 54 percent response rate. Additional survey results are
available on ASHA's website.
Information from the National Outcomes Measurement Database also demonstrates the types and frequency of medical and speech-language diagnoses that SLPs encounter in their patients.
Primary medical diagnoses for adult patients entered into the NOMS database over the past 12 months by ASHA-certified SLPs. [PDF]
Speech-language diagnoses for adult patients who were entered into the NOMS database over the past 12 months by ASHA-certified SLPs. [PDF]
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