Let’s Be Nice ASHA special interest group listservs offer an invaluable means to facilitate dialogue among colleagues. Clinicians not familiar with managing low-incidence disorders look for expertise offered by fellow clinicians who perhaps have more experience. I look forward with great interest when I receive a listserv message. Quite often the response is ... Inbox
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Let’s Be Nice
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 2-30. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.16142011.2
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 2-30. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.16142011.2
ASHA special interest group listservs offer an invaluable means to facilitate dialogue among colleagues. Clinicians not familiar with managing low-incidence disorders look for expertise offered by fellow clinicians who perhaps have more experience. I look forward with great interest when I receive a listserv message. Quite often the response is thoughtful and clinically helpful...but not always.
On more than one occasion, I have read flip, discourteous, and unprofessional comments to those who are making a sincere effort to obtain or offer assistance. Sometimes a comment begets other unkind responses. This belittling behavior is made at the expense of our well-intentioned colleagues. It distracts from achieving our goal, which is to assist our clients and extend knowledge to our peers. This is not how we treat our clients, family, and friends and I do not wish our colleagues to be treated this way.
Regardless of how we view a treatment strategy or comment about a diagnostic procedure, we need to acknowledge that these clinicians are acting out of a sincere effort to participate in best care; and if we disagree, I urge clinicians to provide a response that is insightful, evidence-based, polite, and professional. First and foremost, our discussions should always benefit our clients. The ASHA Code of Ethics states, “Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students, and members of other professions and disciplines.” We should welcome any and all comments from our colleagues without judgment and embarrassment. Let’s be nice.
Linda D. Vallino Wilmington, Delaware
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