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The Crucial Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in COVID-19 Rehabilitation

The Crucial Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in COVID-19 Rehabilitation
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the essential role of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in the multidisciplinary management and rehabilitation of patients. According to the research article, "Speech-Language Pathologists Role in the Multi-Disciplinary Management and Rehabilitation of Patients with Covid-19," SLPs are integral in addressing the unique complications associated with COVID-19, particularly in the areas of swallowing and communication deficits.

SLPs operate within various healthcare settings—acute care, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation—to identify and manage these deficits. Here are key takeaways from the research and practical strategies for SLPs:

Acute and Intensive Care Units

Inpatient Rehabilitation Units

Outpatient Rehabilitation Units

Current Precautionary Measures

SLPs must follow strict infection control precautions to reduce virus transmission. These include using personal protective equipment, adhering to droplet and airborne precautions, and considering tele-practice as an alternative to in-person care.

SLPs play a vital role in the comprehensive care of COVID-19 patients, from early screening and individualized treatment plans to patient education and family training. Their contributions are essential for the social reintegration and improved quality of life for patients recovering from COVID-19.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Speech-Language Pathologists Role in the Multi-Disciplinary Management and Rehabilitation of Patients with Covid-19.


Citation: Mohapatra, B., & Mohan, R. (2020). Speech-Language Pathologists Role in the Multi-Disciplinary Management and Rehabilitation of Patients with Covid-19. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine - Clinical Communications, 3, 1000037. https://doi.org/10.2340/20030711-1000037

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