Original ArticlesKnowledge of Palliative Care and Advance Directives Among Speech–Language Pathology StudentsMahendra, Nidhi; Alonso, MarianAuthor Information Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, San Jose State University, San Jose, California (Dr Mahendra); and Acute Rehabilitation, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Health, Oakland, California (Ms Alonso). Corresponding Author: Nidhi Mahendra, PhD, CCC-SLP, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, San Jose State University, Sweeney Hall, Room SH 114, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192 (email@example.com). Work completed as part of this study was supported by a student research grant to author Marian Alonso and by a faculty research grant to the first author. The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Topics in Language Disorders: July/September 2020 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 248-263 doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000224 Buy Metrics Abstract Palliative care is specialized medical care offered to persons with serious health conditions, with the goal to relieve or prevent pain and suffering, to manage burdensome symptoms, and to optimize as much as possible the quality of life of patients and their families (Institute of Medicine, 2015). Speech–language pathologists (SLPs) are not always recognized as key members of palliative care teams and speech–language pathology students seldom receive training in palliative care. Yet, SLPs often have an influential role in ensuring that patients with cognitive–communicative and swallowing impairments have the best possible communicative access and quality of life, regardless of the severity of their diagnosis. The purpose of this study is to report on 110 speech pathology students' awareness and knowledge about palliative care concepts and of the role of SLPs in palliative care. This study utilized a participatory design approach for survey development to study student awareness and knowledge of select palliative care topics. Study results revealed SLP students' high exposure to the construct of quality of life, with notably limited knowledge of and exposure to palliative care and advance directives. Furthermore, SLP students frequently reported being familiar with a concept or term and yet were unable to explain the concept accurately. These data were analyzed and offer critical insights into curriculum design for training SLP students about palliative care. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.