Interprofessional Care in the Management of Alzheimer's Dementia: Leaving Our Silos

    As speech-language pathologists (SLPs), we are poised to become leaders in the caring of adults with dementia; however, because of the complexity of this health condition, and its impact on patients and families, we must move beyond discipline-specific approaches to intervention and embrace the opportunities that arise when working across professional silos. The application of principles of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP) can be applied to maximize Alzheimer's dementia care. In this paper, the organizational characteristics supporting IPP will be highlighted, an outline of applications of training procedures to promote IPP in a rehabilitation environment will be reviewed, and real-world case studies will be provided to highlight salient principles.


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