Outcomes/Quality Assurance Selecting the most suitable categories of outcome that should be associated with the management of oropharyngeal dysphagia is not an easy task. Even more formidable is the challenge of measuring those outcomes. The quantification of the outcomes associated with dysphagia management is crucial to reimbursement patterns and patient satisfaction. ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 1998
Outcomes/Quality Assurance
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Outcomes/Quality Assurance
Article   |   July 01, 1998
Outcomes/Quality Assurance
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1998, Vol. 7, 21-22. doi:10.1044/sasd7.2.21
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1998, Vol. 7, 21-22. doi:10.1044/sasd7.2.21
Selecting the most suitable categories of outcome that should be associated with the management of oropharyngeal dysphagia is not an easy task. Even more formidable is the challenge of measuring those outcomes. The quantification of the outcomes associated with dysphagia management is crucial to reimbursement patterns and patient satisfaction.
An outcomes measurement task force, primarily from Division 13, has been meeting to develop measures that eventually all of us can use to begin to collect the data necessary to establish the effectiveness of dysphagia interventions. Targeted outcome categories include: physiologic changes, health status and functional gains, quality of life and patient satisfaction, and the calculation of the costs associated with each. Preliminary discussions by this group have acknowledged that the selection of outcome measures might vary by setting. For instance, those in acute care may find physiologic outcome measures more sensitive to their efforts, while those in long-term care may be more interested in those outcomes that are sensitive to issues that involve the measurement of quality of life.
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