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MEDICAL SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY IN BULGARIA – A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE CURRENT STATUS AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Dobrinka GEORGIEVA
Rositsa STOILOVA
South-West University “Neofit Rilski”,
Department of Logopaedics, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
E-mail:doby_logo@abv.bg
Received: 18-March-2021
Revised: 11-April-2021
Accepted: 18-April-2021
Online first: 19-April-2021

Abstract

Introduction: The complexity of ever-changing health standards, new health policies, changes in the healthcare environment, necessitates an advanced level of professional expertise in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP).

Objective: This study presents the current status, opportunities, and perspectives for the development of MSLP in Bulgaria.

Method Theoretical overview and comparative analysis of the data and literature on MSLP as it exists in the USA and is developing in Bulgaria, where it is most often referred to as Clinical Logopedics. In this article, we present: (i) a comparative analysis of the development of this dynamic, expanding, and continuously developing health profession in the USA (the country with the most innovative and highly evolved practice of MSLP) and Bulgaria; (ii) brief historical notes related to the development of Speech-Language Pathology in the United States and Bulgaria; (iii) the scope of practice of MSLP in the USA and Bulgaria, which is a key problem for the prospects for the development of this specialty in Bulgaria, and (iv) the problems associated with establishing a master’s degree program in MSLP.

Conclusion: MSLP has perspective for development in Bulgaria only if it is studied as a health specialty within medical or health faculties, but necessarily housed within a medical university. A clear understanding of the scope of practice is fundamental for the development of MSLP, but it should not overlap the purview of other professions. The MSLP master’s program should be innovative, manageable, and comprehensive, providing for a wide range of specialized clinical experiences that prepare students to practice effectively in a medical environment.

 

Keywords: Medical Speech-Language Pathology, scope of practice, Clinical Logopedics, communication disorders, evidence-based practice

 

Citation: Georgieva, D., Stoilova, R. Medical Speech-Language Pathology in Bulgaria – a Comparative Study of the Current Status and Development. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2021jrtdd.1.41

Copyright ©2021 Georgieva, D., Stoilova, R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Corresponding address:
Dobrinka GEORGIEVA
South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Department of Logopaedics,
St. Ivan Mihaylov Str 66, campus 1, 2700 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
E-mail: doby_logo@abv.bg

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