Discharging patients: A perspective from speech-language pathologists working in public hospitals in Malaysia.

  • Kartini Ahmad
  • Published 2010 in
    International journal of speech-language…


Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) practising in Malaysia face similar dilemmas as their counterparts in more developed countries when it comes to deciding on discharge/termination of services for their patients. Furthermore, discharge dilemmas appear to be a frequent and inevitable part of their everyday practice. In an interview conducted for the purpose of this paper, it was clear that many SLPs found it difficult to articulate or justify the process they took to reach a decision on whether or not to terminate their services or discharge their patients. Much of the difficulty is anchored on the need to be realistic and function within the confines of limited resources. Malaysian SLPs were aware of the ideals that had to be abandoned along the way but had not allowed guilt to dissuade or discourage them from providing what they perceived as the next best available service. The not-so ideal decisions made by these SLPs may be frowned upon by international standards but must be examined within the local historical perspective of the development of the SLP profession in Malaysia. The dilemma will continue until the country produces SLPs in sufficient numbers but the profession is reminded that less-than-ideal practices may perpetuate over time into unhealthy traditions that will require major efforts to be undone.

DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2010.483017

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@article{Ahmad2010DischargingPA, title={Discharging patients: A perspective from speech-language pathologists working in public hospitals in Malaysia.}, author={Kartini Ahmad}, journal={International journal of speech-language pathology}, year={2010}, volume={12 4}, pages={317-9; discussion 329-32} }