As the demands of payers, consumers, administrators, and other health professionals evolve, we as audiologists and speech-language pathologists are increasingly being asked to demonstrate our value. Although professional experiences and personal stories can help people understand how an individual is affected by a condition and can give insights into how our services may benefit them personally, such experiences and stories are limited in determining an intervention’s efficiency or effectiveness.
The key to effective advocacy is data. We can use data and research to show the far-reaching, lasting impact we make on the individuals we serve—and on the health system at large. We rely on data to move the needle when educating others and affecting change. These fact sheets combine data from multiple sources—such as ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) and the published literature—to get a full picture of how audiologists and speech-language pathologists enhance care coordination, reduce costs, and improve clinical outcomes.
Download these PDF fact sheets to engage interested parties in conversations about the role of the professions—and the value that our services can bring to individuals, their care partners, and organizations.
See how speech-language pathologists improve overall health and function in children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.