Is It Time To Discharge My Dysphagia Patient?
Is It Time To Discharge My Dysphagia Patient?
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Often, SLPs working with individuals with dysphagia struggle with knowing when it is appropriate to discharge their patient. The decision to discharge is multifactorial, including both patient- and clinician-driven factors. This session explores practical strategies and evidence-based practices for determining when it is appropriate to discharge a patient from dysphagia treatment.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 online conference “Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management.”

Learning Outcomes
After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • List at least three patient-based reasons for discontinuing dysphagia treatment
  • List at least three clinician-based reasons for discontinuing dysphagia treatment?
  • Discuss evidence that speaks to expected timelines for clinicians and patients to see improvements in dysphagia


  • Current state of the problem 
  • Factors to consider when discontinuing therapy
  • Case studies
  • Conclusions

Presenter Information

Debra M. Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Her research and clinical interests focus on the assessment of adults with swallowing disorders. She has co-authored two textbooks—Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective and The Yale Swallow Protocol: An Evidence-Based Approach to Decision Making—and numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Suiter is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and an ASHA Fellow.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Director of University of Kentucky Voice and Swallow Clinic
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Royalties from Thieme Medical Publishers

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC)

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.
To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 30, 2027. 

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 2022
End date: April 30, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Related Courses

View all courses from the Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management online conference.

Continuing Education

4/30/2022 to 4/30/2027

Product Information

Item #(s): PD102475
Client Age: Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
Language: English
Author: Debra M Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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