Speech-language pathologists' reports of interprofessional collaboration and exposure during graduate school

Carly Ruth Robalin, University of Texas at El Paso


Although the importance and benefits of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) in healthcare have been well demonstrated, the majority of graduate programs in speech-language pathology (SLP) only offer discipline-specific coursework and related experiences. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore SLPs' perceptions of their graduate programs' success at preparing them to be interprofessional team-members in the medical work setting. Method: Medically-based SLPs in five Texas cities responded to a survey addressing IPE and IPC. Responses were collected regarding: 1. Interprofessional exposure to physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) during graduate school, 2. IPE opportunities during their graduate studies, 3. IPC in their current work setting, 4. Perceived preparedness to work as an interprofessional team member upon graduation, and 5. Suggestions for increasing graduate programs' interprofessional opportunities. Results: A total of 63.8% of participants reported feeling that their graduate education did not adequately prepare them for interprofessional collaboration in their workplace.

Subject Area

Speech therapy|Health education

Recommended Citation

Robalin, Carly Ruth, "Speech-language pathologists' reports of interprofessional collaboration and exposure during graduate school" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1494371.