Food for Thought Attending the Dysphagia Research Society Meetings: What's in It for Clinicians? Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   June 01, 2004
Food for Thought
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  • Catriona M. Steele
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Food for Thought
Viewpoint   |   June 01, 2004
Food for Thought
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2004, Vol. 13, 35-36. doi:10.1044/sasd13.2.35
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2004, Vol. 13, 35-36. doi:10.1044/sasd13.2.35
One of the reasons that I love working in the area of dysphagia is the fact that it is still a relatively new area and that so many opportunities exist to explore research questions that have direct clinical relevance. I have been asked to reflect on the impact that attending the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) meetings can have on dysphagia clinicians. I will offer my very personal reflections and welcome your reactions and questions.
Like many speech-language pathologists working in medical settings, I found that dysphagia quickly dominated my caseload following graduation. I became overwhelmed by the task I faced each day at work... so many individuals with swallowing problems, such poor recognition and handling of the clinical signs by front-line care providers, limited access to videofluoroscopy, limited options for diet texture modification, poor acceptance of management recommendations by patients and their care providers... the list could easily go on.
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