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SAC Position Statement: The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Communication Health Assistants in End of Life Care

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Position Statement 

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada believes that all people should have access to comprehensive end-of-life care, which includes communication health services and resources. Communication health professionals — speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and communication health assistants — are uniquely qualified to provide essential services in end-of-life care. These services aim to support autonomy and improve quality of life while considering the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients or clients, families and caregivers