Benefit of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Dysphagia In recent years, it has become increasingly recognized that a large number of clinical problems are multidisciplinary in nature. This recognition has led to a multidisciplinary approach to those problems, which not only provides more comprehensive and seamless care to the patients, but also results in more expeditious and ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Benefit of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Dysphagia
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  • Reza Shaker, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
Benefit of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Dysphagia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2000, Vol. 9, 11. doi:10.1044/sasd9.3.11
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2000, Vol. 9, 11. doi:10.1044/sasd9.3.11
In recent years, it has become increasingly recognized that a large number of clinical problems are multidisciplinary in nature. This recognition has led to a multidisciplinary approach to those problems, which not only provides more comprehensive and seamless care to the patients, but also results in more expeditious and cost effective care delivery. The necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to swallowing and swallowing disorders has now been clearly recognized stemming from the fact that the esophagus, pharynx, larynx and the airway not only are anatomically contiguous but physiologically interdependent. A unilateral approach to any one area only provides a limited view of the bigger picture. The need for a multidisciplinary effort in research and the delivery of care to dysph-agic patients was formally acknowledged in 1992 by the Dysphagia Research Society, and the promotion of this approach became one of its major goals. Over the past nine years since the formation of the Dysphagia Research Society, the results of this multidisciplinary approach to dysphagia can be witnessed in the multidisciplinary list of authorships of published papers in this field. In Milwaukee, we have been fortunate to enjoy the collaboration of investigators from various disciplines such as Biomedical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Speech-Language Pathology, Neurology, Neurophysiology, Radiology and Gastroenterology. Multidisciplinary conferences have resulted in cross-disciplinary education and a mutual broadening of knowledge base among members of these disciplines.
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