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Patient-Provider Communication
Roles for Speech-Language Pathologists and Other Health Care Professionals

Edited by: Sarah W. Blackstone, David R. Beukelman, Kathryn M. Yorkston
352 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10"
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Patient-Provider Communication: Roles for Speech-Language Pathologists and Other Health Care Professionals presents timely information regarding effective patient-centered communication across a variety of health care settings. Speech-language pathologists, who serve the communication needs of children and adults, as well as professionals from medical and allied health fields will benefit from this valuable resource.

This text is particularly relevant because of changes in health care law and policy. It focuses on value-based care, patient engagement, and positive patient experiences that produce better outcomes. Authors describe evidence-based strategies that support communication vulnerable patients, including individuals who have difficulty speaking, hearing, understanding, seeing, reading, and writing, as well as patients whose challenges reflect limited health literacy, and/or differences in language, culture, religion, sexual orientation, and so on. Topics addressed include patient-provider communication in medical education, emergency and disaster scenarios, doctor's offices and clinics, adult and pediatric acute care settings, rehabilitation, long-term residential care, and hospice/palliative care situations.

The editors are recognized internationally for their work in the field of communication disorders and have been active in the area of patient-provider communication for many years. Patient-Provider Communication is a must-have resource for speech-language pathologists and other health care providers at the forefront of quality patient-centered care.

See related articles in The ASHA Leader March 2016 issue by authors of this book:

What Does the Patient Want? (Blackstone) - read article

Simulating Patient Communication Strategies (Yorkston, Baylor, and Burns) - read article

Words of Preparation for Patients (Burns, Baylor and Yorkston) -
read article


  • Jane McCann, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, Vol 64, No. 6 (2017):
    "The authors effectively establish the necessity for improved communication between healthcare providers and patients with communication vulnerabilities. They share research findings, clinical experience and interviews with communication vulnerable patients and their families, and propose how to deconstruct barriers currently exacerbating the gap between educational findings and real-life experiences. They emphasise the importance of time being allocated to healthcare provider teams to raise awareness and influence stakeholders and decision-makers to improve overall patient, family and provider satisfaction through effective communication techniques. The book provides information for all healthcare providers involved in the care of communication vulnerable patients of all ages and in an array of healthcare settings. Case studies abound offering a clearer understanding of situations faced by all involved. This book will provide a valuable resource for all those involved with such patients including medical professionals, students, current carers and family."

Chapter 1. Building Bridges to Effective Patient-Provider Communication

Sarah W. Blackstone, David R. Beukelman, and Kathryn M. Yorkston

Chapter 2. Issues and Challenges in Advancing Effective Patient-Provider Communication

Sarah W. Blackstone

Chapter 3. Medical Education: Preparing Professionals to Enhance Communication Access in Health Care Settings

Kathryn M. Yorkston, Carolyn R. Baylor, Michael I. Burns, Megan A. Morris, and Thomas E. McNalley

Chapter 4. Enhancing Communication in Outpatient Medical Clinic Visits

Kathryn M. Yorkston, Carolyn R. Baylor, Michael I. Burns, Megan A. Morris, and Thomas E. McNalley

Chapter 5. Integrating Emergency and Disaster Resilience Into Your Everyday Practice

Sarah W. Blackstone and June Isaacson Kailes

Chapter 6. Adult Acute and Intensive Care in Hospitals

Richard R. Hurtig, Marci Lee Nilsen, Mary Beth Happ, and Sarah W. Blackstone

Chapter 7. Pediatric Acute and Intensive Care in Hospitals

John M. Costello, Rachel M. Santiago, and Sarah W. Blackstone

Chapter 8. Patient-Provider Communication in Rehabilitation Settings

David R. Beukeleman and Amy S. Nordness

Chapter 9. Residential Long-Term Care

David R. Beukelman

Chapter 10. Enhancing Communication in Hospice Settings

Lisa G. Bardach

Chapter 11. Making It Happen: Moving Toward Full Implementation

Sarah W. Blackstone, David R. Beukelman, and Kathryn M. Yorkston

About The Editors

Sarah W. Blackstone

Sarah W. Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP, is president of Augmentative Communication, Inc. She has authored multiple texts in the augmentative and alternative communication field as well as articles in Augmentative Communication News and other publications.

David R. Beukelman

David R. Beukelman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Barkley Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served as director of research and education for the Communication Disorders Division, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Kathryn M. Yorkston

Kathryn M. Yorkston, PhD, BC-ANCDS, is a professor of rehabilitation medicine and head of the speech pathology division within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.

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