Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
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This collection of articles primarily focused on the evidence-based use of screening
techniques to identify swallowing disorders in patients with a variety of medical
diagnoses. Kara Maharay and Kelly Salmon reviewed specific dysphagia screening tools
for the neurologic population and provided readers with tips for implementing a
screening protocol for patients with acute stroke, with a focus on multidisciplinary
collaboration. Next, Joy Gaziano and Stephanie Watts provided an overview of the utility
of screening for esophageal impairments during videofluoroscopic swallow studies.
Mario Alberto Landera, Donna S. Lundy, and Amanda Demane extended the discussion
by describing key considerations for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) managing
dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancers and the importance of SLP
participation in the multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board. Finally, Debra Suiter
provided clinicians with an overview of some of the challenges and controversies
associated with current dysphagia screening tools.
You will be able to:
- provide a rationale for implementing a dysphagia screening tool for stroke
- discuss literature that supports the evaluation of swallowing as a multiphase
- identify the role of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) in a collaborative
approach to implementing a dysphagia screen
- describe an SLP’s role in a multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board