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9th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Symposium

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom
Duquesne University Power Center

"Dysphagia and Decisions: Can Ethics Ease the Burden?"

Featured Speaker: Paula Leslie, PhD, CCC-SLP, FRCSLT


We will discuss the ethics of decision making and complex situations surrounding feeding that SLPs face when working with patients and caregivers across ages and settings. We will review the factors that cause burden to families and caregivers. We will discuss what is represented by the action we call "feeding" and how/why our best clinical intentions may be misaligned or possibly harmful to patients and families. In the afternoon session, we will formulate responses to case studies based on ethical concepts and clinical knowledge.

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Morning session (9 - 12:15) is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
All day session is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
ASHA account number required for ASHA CE registry.

Registration information:

Please call Lori Marra 412-396-1584 (slpconference@duq.edu)

Paula Leslie is a professor and director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. She maintains full clinical licenses in the USA and UK where she is a Specialist Adviser to the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy in swallowing disorders. Her interests include the process of clinical decision making, health professionals' education and non-traditional routes to advanced clinical training. She publishes, provides support to researchers, and provides continuing education from grassroots to international level and across the health professions on complex clinical decision making, ethics and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations.

Financial: Dr. Leslie receives an honorarium for this presentation, a salary from the University of Pittsburgh, co-authored a book in 2017: Decision Making and Ethics in Dysphagia, and may receive royalties from publisher, J&R Press UK.
Nonfinancial: Dr. Leslie has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.