Coordinator's Column This past year has been a time for challenge and growth for speech-language pathologists who evaluate, treat, and research swallowing disorders across the age continuum. Last year, I mentioned that there is room for opportunity in the face of current reimbursement and access-to-care challenges. I reminded the membership that ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   April 01, 2000
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   April 01, 2000
Coordinator's Column
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 2000, Vol. 9, 1-2. doi:10.1044/sasd9.1.1
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 2000, Vol. 9, 1-2. doi:10.1044/sasd9.1.1
This past year has been a time for challenge and growth for speech-language pathologists who evaluate, treat, and research swallowing disorders across the age continuum. Last year, I mentioned that there is room for opportunity in the face of current reimbursement and access-to-care challenges. I reminded the membership that it is time to elevate the status of our profession as it relates to dysphagia evaluation and treatment and to do so through collaborative clinical research. The theme of the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS), held October 17–19, 1999, echoed this premise in theme and focus, emphasizing the interrelationships between research and clinical practice. Presentations included results from basic science studies, such as the neuronal cellular composition of the esophagus, to outcomes-based research in areas such as aspiration pneumonia and quality of life. Two of your Steering Committee members, Caryn Easterling and myself, received the first and second place awards for best oral presentations. Based on the consensus of the Steering Committee and division members attending the annual division business meeting during the November ASHA Annual Convention, we will be assisting new clinical researchers in this connection between research and clinical practice. This year the division established a scholarship to support the travel and accommodations of a new researcher to the annual Dysphagia Research Society meeting. Adrienne Perlmann, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Scholarship Committee and is currently recruiting volunteer committee members to develop the guidelines for the scholarship plan and to participate in the selection process. Please let me know if you are interested in committee membership.
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