The Pediatric Practice: Pediatric Research in Dysphagia As Jeri Logemann points out in the April 25 issue of The ASHA Leader, the need for investigators to understand clinical problems and for clinicians to understand ongoing research efforts cannot be overemphasized. This is particularly significant for those clinicians involved in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric dysphagia ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2000
The Pediatric Practice: Pediatric Research in Dysphagia
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  • Colin D. Rudolph, MD
    Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Claire Kane Miller
    Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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Pediatric Practice
Article   |   July 01, 2000
The Pediatric Practice: Pediatric Research in Dysphagia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 2000, Vol. 9, 6-7. doi:10.1044/sasd9.2.6
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 2000, Vol. 9, 6-7. doi:10.1044/sasd9.2.6
As Jeri Logemann points out in the April 25 issue of The ASHA Leader, the need for investigators to understand clinical problems and for clinicians to understand ongoing research efforts cannot be overemphasized. This is particularly significant for those clinicians involved in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric dysphagia where there are significant challenges to research efforts. These challenges include the lack of an ability to easily obtain true normative data in infants and children in an ethical fashion; the diversity of causes of feeding refusal in infants and children; and the complex developmental progression of skills requiring studies at multiple ages. Much of the research in the world of pediatric dysphagia is uncontrolled, consisting of clinical series and observations. The predictive value of various diagnostic techniques and the efficacy of treatment approaches are poorly characterized, with much of the basis of diagnosis and treatment being experiential and varying substantially from center to center.
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