Journal article

The Role of Instrumental Swallowing Assessment in Adults in Residential Aged Care Homes: A National Modified Delphi Survey Examining Beliefs and Practices

Olga Birchall, Michelle Bennett, Nadine Lawson, Susan M Cotton, Adam P Vogel

DYSPHAGIA | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Many adults in residential aged care homes (RACHs) live with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) and its physiological, psychosocial, and economic sequalae. Timely, evidence-based assessment of OD can help healthcare teams to create OD management plans that optimize consumer health and minimize healthcare costs. Instrumental swallowing assessment (ISA), specifically flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS), is generally accepted to be an important component of dysphagia assessment and management in older adults. However, its role in RACHs has not been empirically examined. This study aimed to explore the role and use of ISA in adults in RAC..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia


Awarded by National Health and Medical Council Senior Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was conducted as part of a PhD research program. This work was supported by the following sources of funding: OB is receiving the Australian Government Research Training Scholarship funding through the University of Melbourne to participate in this research program; AV holds a Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (#1135683); and SC is supported by a National Health and Medical Council Senior Research Fellowship (SRF, #APP1136344).