Insights Into Practice Patterns for Thickened Liquids The use of thickened liquids is a well-known management strategy, with the goal to change bolus characteristics in a way that promotes safe swallowing. A number of research findings show that thickened liquids influence aspects of swallowing (Bisch, Logemann, Rademaker, Kahrilas, & Lazarus, 1994; Lazarus et al., 1993; Reimers-Neils, ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2006
Insights Into Practice Patterns for Thickened Liquids
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jane Mertz Garcia
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Edgar Chambers, IV
    Sensory Analysis Center, Department of Human Nutrition, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2006
Insights Into Practice Patterns for Thickened Liquids
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2006, Vol. 15, 14-18. doi:10.1044/sasd15.1.14
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2006, Vol. 15, 14-18. doi:10.1044/sasd15.1.14
The use of thickened liquids is a well-known management strategy, with the goal to change bolus characteristics in a way that promotes safe swallowing. A number of research findings show that thickened liquids influence aspects of swallowing (Bisch, Logemann, Rademaker, Kahrilas, & Lazarus, 1994; Lazarus et al., 1993; Reimers-Neils, Logemann, & Larson, 1994; Steele & Van Lieshout, 2004), but it is still unclear whether there are health benefits for all patients with dysphagia (Robbins, Nicosia, Hind, Gill, Blanco, et al., 2002). Concerns about thickened liquids are compounded by reported differences between dietary beverages and test samples for videofluoroscopic tests, product variability and insufficient label information, a lack of standards in preparing thickened liquids, and issues of potential flavor problems (Cichero, Jackson, Halley, & Murdoch, 2000; Garcia, Chambers, Matta, & Clark, 2005; Glass-burn & Deem, 1998;Kammer et al., 2005; Lotong, Chun, Chambers, & Garcia, 2003; Matta, Chambers, Garcia, & Helverson, in press; Mills, 1999; Pelletier, 1997; Steele, Van Lieshout, & Goff, 2003).
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