Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology


referral process, adult specialty clinic, speech language pathology service


Speech and Language Pathology in the Philippines follows an open referral process when patients come in for SLP service acquisition, based on the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP). The study aims to further explore the referral process being observed in the country by looking into experiences during the acquisition of these services, more specifically, the events from the diagnosis and referral, professionally or personally, to the point of availing the service. The findings would determine factors from the referral process during the period and find out which experiences may or may not be similar with one another. A qualitative study design was follow wherein a semi-structured interview was done with four caregivers from DLSMHSI CRS Adolescent-Adult Specialty Speech Clinic. The interview results revealed that there were five main themes common among the participants. It was evident in the narratives that the awareness and knowledge of the caregivers regarding the condition and professionals who can help their family members significantly affected the length of the process. In addition, the availability of SLP services also became a deciding factor as to whether the patient would continue to avail. In conclusion, although acquisition of services is easy, effort is required from the patient to expedite the process of being accommodated. The SLP profession should be advocated for to raise public awareness and highlight the importance of timely intervention. Results may be used as a reference on how the open referral system is being enacted in the Philippines for improvements in service delivery

First Advisor

Kerwyn Jim Chan, CSP-PASP