Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2014; 18 - a2234
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1388994

The Performance of Speech-Language Pathology in University Hospitals of Federal Brazilian Universities

Valeriana de Castro Guimarães 1, Isabela Luísa Fiuza Alves 1, Izabela dos Santos Veiga Lôbo 1, Luciara de Oliveira Pereira 1, Maria Julia Ferreira Cardoso 1
  • 1Universidade Federal de Goiás

Introduction: The University Hospitals are very important centers and represent a relevant role in the community where they are inserted. In these places, there is a diverse range of health professionals.

Objective: To describe the performance of Speech-Language Pathology in University Hospitals of Federal Brazilian Universities—UH.

Methods: Exploratory descriptive study developed by the Speech-Language Pathology services of the UHs. The population was constituted by the Speech-Language Pathology therapists responsible for the services. In Education ministery website, the relation of all the Federal University Hospitals and its respective contacts (e-mail/address/telephone) were obtained. The data were collected by the application of a questionnaire with objective questions, which evaluated the performance of Speech-Language Pathology inside the UH, and that was sent by e-mail.

Results: Among the 45 UHs, 25 have participated of the study and 16 possess Speech-Language Pathology Services from 2 to 13 years. The attendance is the ambulatory, but there are also services developed in clinic, neonatal and adult ITUs, and first-aid clinics. Doctorship, mastership, and teaching are part of the résumé of many professionals.

Conclusions: The performance of Speech-Language Pathology in hospital unities should be amplified, since joint work makes the profession to be better recognized and therefore requested by other professionals, beyond contributing to a better assistance for the patient.