Dysphagia Care New Evidence-Based Reviews News in Brief
News in Brief  |   June 01, 2009
Dysphagia Care
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / News in Brief
News in Brief   |   June 01, 2009
Dysphagia Care
The ASHA Leader, June 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.14082009.4
The ASHA Leader, June 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.14082009.4
A series of evidence-based systematic reviews on behavioral swallowing postures and maneuvers commonly used by speech-language pathologists will be published in a series of articles in the Journal of Rehabilitation and Research Development (JRRD).
ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) collaborated with the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine the state of the evidence on behavioral swallowing treatments. The evidence reviews cover seven swallowing postures and maneuvers, including side lying, chin tuck, head rotation, effortful swallow, Mendelsohn maneuver, supraglottic swallow, and the super supraglottic swallow. The impact of these treatments on physiology, functional swallow ability, and pulmonary health is examined.
The culmination of the year-long collaboration is presented in a single-topic issue of JRRD (volume 46, issue 2). The first article in the series (Part I) outlines the details of the systematic literature search and methodology used to appraise the evidence critically.
Following this article, systematic review findings are presented in three additional parts. Part II examines the state of the evidence on the seven swallowing postures and maneuvers for healthy adults without disorders; Part III examines these same interventions on populations with neurological disorders; and Part IV addresses populations with structural disorders. The final article (Part V) discusses the practical application of these reviews for clinicians and researchers.
These articles are available on the N-CEP Compendium of Clinical Practice Guidelines and Systematic Reviews on the ASHA Web site as well as on the JRRD Web site.
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