Critical Appraisal of a Treatment Publication: Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Dysphagia Well designed clinical investigation of treatment methods produce evidence that generalizes to the clinical setting, whether the authors’ findings support or refute a method’s benefits. Both the quality of the research and its findings deserve scrutiny by the consumers of the research to validate their adoption in clinical settings. ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
Critical Appraisal of a Treatment Publication: Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Dysphagia
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  • James L. Coyle
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2002
Critical Appraisal of a Treatment Publication: Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Dysphagia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2002, Vol. 11, 12-14. doi:10.1044/sasd11.4.12
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2002, Vol. 11, 12-14. doi:10.1044/sasd11.4.12
Well designed clinical investigation of treatment methods produce evidence that generalizes to the clinical setting, whether the authors’ findings support or refute a method’s benefits. Both the quality of the research and its findings deserve scrutiny by the consumers of the research to validate their adoption in clinical settings. Electrical stimulation for treatment of dysphagia is a controversial method that has received widespread attention with little peer reviewed analysis of its effectiveness. The following summary discusses the quality of the research and tests the authors’ data for effect size (Sackett, Haynes, Guyatt, & Tugwell, 1991; Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000).
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