Title

A survey of speech-language pathology and audiology needs of older adults

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Advances in Speech-Language Pathology

ISSN

1441-7049

Volume

4

Issue

1

DOI

10.1080/14417040210001669211

First Page

33

Last Page

40

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Abstract

A needs assessment for an agency that serves older adults in a northwestern Ohio county in the United States was conducted by a team of researchers. Data obtained from 301 completed survey questionnaires, from an original 850 that were mailed, pertaining to the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology are presented. Specifically, results are discussed that relate to a self-reported need or desire for speech-language pathology or audiology services, self-perceptions of needs related to basic functional communication skills, and current and previous diagnoses of communicative and cognitive disorders. Implications for practicing clinical speech-language pathologists and audiologists are also discussed.