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Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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ISSN Print: 0896-2960
ISSN Online: 2162-6553

Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v14.i34.20
26 pages

Critical Review on the Management of Adult Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

Nam-Jong Paik
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 28 Yongon-dong Chongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, South Korea
Tai Ryoon Han
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Clinical Research Institute, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea

ABSTRACT

Various treatments have been suggested for the treatment of adult oropharyngeal dysphagia. Treatment options range from diet modification to behavioral treatment and tube feeding. There has been a gradual evolution in the literature from case-series studies to more evidence-based controlled studies that have assessed the effectiveness and outcomes of specific rehabilitation techniques or strategies. As a result, various functional scales have been suggested to measure treatment effectiveness or outcomes. This article critically reviews the literature concerning rehabilitation techniques and programs developed for adult oropharyngeal dysphagia. It appears that more effort needs to be made to improve the quality of the studies undertaken to demonstrate the efficacy of current and future therapies more scientifically.


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