Swallowing Disorders and Nutritional Status: The Registered Dietitians' Perspective The registered dietitian (RD) and the speech-language pathologist share a common goal: to optimize their patients’ health and quality of life. Through mutual understanding and collaboration, we can achieve this common goal together. The following discussion is an attempt to present the nutritionists’ perspective on the treatment of the ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2003
Swallowing Disorders and Nutritional Status: The Registered Dietitians' Perspective
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  • Christine Blake
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Emily Wilcox Gier
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Christine Blake and Emily Wilcox Gier are registered dietitians in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Christine’s e-mail address is cey2@cornell.edu and Emily’s is eg47@cornell.edu
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2003
Swallowing Disorders and Nutritional Status: The Registered Dietitians' Perspective
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2003, Vol. 12, 22-27. doi:10.1044/sasd12.2.22
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2003, Vol. 12, 22-27. doi:10.1044/sasd12.2.22
The registered dietitian (RD) and the speech-language pathologist share a common goal: to optimize their patients’ health and quality of life. Through mutual understanding and collaboration, we can achieve this common goal together. The following discussion is an attempt to present the nutritionists’ perspective on the treatment of the dysphagic patient in order to foster increased dialogue and enhance the health care team approach to patient care.
An RD is a specially trained food and nutrition expert who has completed 4–6 years of American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved science-based training and has successfully passed the national Registration Examination for Dietitians (ADA, 2003). This extensive training allows the RD to serve as the nutrition expert on the health care team (ADA, 1998).
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