Outcomes/Quality Assurance Developing scales that measure the functional outcome of treating patients with dysphagia is no easy task. There have been numerous attempts by individual institutions to design scales that capture the patient's progress in therapy. Typically these scales focus on changes in dietary status, assigning point values to each level ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1998
Outcomes/Quality Assurance
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Outcomes/Quality Assurance
Article   |   October 01, 1998
Outcomes/Quality Assurance
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1998, Vol. 7, 17. doi:10.1044/sasd7.3.17
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1998, Vol. 7, 17. doi:10.1044/sasd7.3.17
Developing scales that measure the functional outcome of treating patients with dysphagia is no easy task. There have been numerous attempts by individual institutions to design scales that capture the patient's progress in therapy. Typically these scales focus on changes in dietary status, assigning point values to each level of change. Often they range from a low score of 1 (NPO) to a high a 7 (total PO without restrictions). Anyone who has taken the time to develop scales based on dietary levels knows that the assignment of what represents a “1” or a “7” is much easier than assigning the intermediary values of 2 through 6.
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