The epidemiology of dysphagia: Describing the problem - are we too late?

Reilly, S. and Ward, E. C. (2005) The epidemiology of dysphagia: Describing the problem - are we too late?. Advances in Speech-Language Pathology, 7 1: 14-23. doi:10.1080/14417040500055110

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Author Reilly, S.
Ward, E. C.
Title The epidemiology of dysphagia: Describing the problem - are we too late?
Journal name Advances in Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1441-7049
Publication date 2005-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14417040500055110
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 23
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract The assessment and management of dysphagia is a rapidly growing part of speech pathology clinical practice for both adult and paediatric populations, yet there is limited information available regarding the epidemiology of dysphagia. Very few studies have defined the characteristics of the disorder, its incidence/prevalence in various populations, the natural history of the disorder or the relative risks, comorbidities and outcomes associated with dysphagia. The current paper will identify some fundamental questions that as yet remain unanswered and highlight areas of future research that are required in order for us to have a better understanding of dysphagia and inform assessment and management. In conclusion, the authors propose an epidemiological framework and highlight information needs in the field of dysphagia. This framework urges future dysphagia research to be informed and underpinned by sound epidemiological principles.
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