Ethics: Bilingual Issues in Ethical Treatment of Adults With Neurological Deficits As speech-language pathologists at a treatment facility in Georgia that offers acute, inpatient, and outpatient services, we have the occasion to encounter patients who have either little or no English speaking or comprehension abilities. When working with these individuals we are faced with a number of ethical issues. Some ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Ethics: Bilingual Issues in Ethical Treatment of Adults With Neurological Deficits
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  • Marcia Austin
    Floyd Medical Center, Rome, GA
  • Kristin Perry
    Floyd Medical Center, Rome, GA
  • Andi RussellColumn Editor
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Ethics
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Ethics: Bilingual Issues in Ethical Treatment of Adults With Neurological Deficits
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 13. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.13
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 13. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.13
As speech-language pathologists at a treatment facility in Georgia that offers acute, inpatient, and outpatient services, we have the occasion to encounter patients who have either little or no English speaking or comprehension abilities. When working with these individuals we are faced with a number of ethical issues.
Some questions we as monolingual clinicians must ask: Can we provide adequate treatment to people with who speak a different language than the clinician? Can quality treatment be provided through an interpreter? Is some treatment better than no treatment at all? If we do not provide the care will the patient be left untreated?
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