Consultation with Other Professionals
Best practice often involves consultation with other professionals to insure the provision of quality care. The speech-language pathologist or audiologist should seek informed consent from the patient/client to permit personally identifiable information to be revealed to a consulting professional. In the absence of such consent, the speech-language pathologist or audiologist should disguise the information before sharing it with a consulting professional so that the patient cannot be identified. In clinics, hospitals and schools, the patient or the parent/guardian usually gives written consent at the outset of care to share related information with other care givers/professionals. The speech-language pathologist or audiologist must be sure such consent is present before entering a consultation with another professional.
Speech-language pathologists or audiologists who attend training sessions of any kind as a means of improving or learning new techniques must follow the same precautions; if information regarding their specific patients is used June 19, 2009 all identifiable information to be used in the presentation must be removed.
In agency and education settings, a speech-language pathologist or audiologist with any questions concerning professional practice usually has the opportunity to consult with a supervisor or other staff. Speech-language pathologists or audiologists in private practice may choose to use a consultant whenever they have any doubt concerning their therapy, or have other questions or concerns involving diagnosis, risk factors, or treatment techniques. Another resource for audiologists and speech-language pathologists is to contact the State Board office for guidance.