Professional Practice: Potentiation of the Dysphagia Processes Through Psychotropic use in the Long-Term Care Facility Dysphagia patients utilizing psychotropic medication are common in the long-term care facility There has been limited research on the effects of psychotropic use on swallowing function. Our drug review indicates there is a need for further studies due to documented adverse reactions in drug literature, as well as clinical ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Professional Practice: Potentiation of the Dysphagia Processes Through Psychotropic use in the Long-Term Care Facility
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  • Peter R. Johnson
    Genesis Rehabilitation Services, Tampa Bay, FL
    Column Editor
  • James J. Rooney
    Evercare, Tampa Bay, FL
    Nurse Practitioner
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Professional Practice
Article   |   October 01, 2000
Professional Practice: Potentiation of the Dysphagia Processes Through Psychotropic use in the Long-Term Care Facility
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2000, Vol. 9, 4-6. doi:10.1044/sasd9.3.4
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2000, Vol. 9, 4-6. doi:10.1044/sasd9.3.4
Dysphagia patients utilizing psychotropic medication are common in the long-term care facility There has been limited research on the effects of psychotropic use on swallowing function. Our drug review indicates there is a need for further studies due to documented adverse reactions in drug literature, as well as clinical experience showing probable reactions. “Medications can play a multifactorial role in the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of swallowing disorders. Familiarity with the mechanism of a drug’s action and the pathophysiology of the swallowing disorder (if known) can help the clinician identify drugs that may contribute, directly or indirectly, to the swallowing disorder” (Feinberg, 1997, p. 107).
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