Use of Dysphagia Severity Scales During the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Exam of Swallowing: Treatment Decisions and Planning A best practice to follow when employing the fiberoptic endoscopic exam of swallowing (FEES), as with any medical procedure, is to be aware of the clinical evidence available supporting the use of the exam and the metrics used to evaluate the results. This allows the practitioner to objectively weigh ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2007
Use of Dysphagia Severity Scales During the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Exam of Swallowing: Treatment Decisions and Planning
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  • Susan Brady
    Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL
  • She may be reached at sbrady@marianjoy.org
  • Susan Brady is the research coordinator for the voice and swallowing center at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL. Ms. Brady is one of the investigators who developed the Marianjoy 5–point secretion scale described in this article.
    Susan Brady is the research coordinator for the voice and swallowing center at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL. Ms. Brady is one of the investigators who developed the Marianjoy 5–point secretion scale described in this article.×
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Article   |   June 01, 2007
Use of Dysphagia Severity Scales During the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Exam of Swallowing: Treatment Decisions and Planning
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2007, Vol. 16, 10-13. doi:10.1044/sasd16.2.10
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2007, Vol. 16, 10-13. doi:10.1044/sasd16.2.10
A best practice to follow when employing the fiberoptic endoscopic exam of swallowing (FEES), as with any medical procedure, is to be aware of the clinical evidence available supporting the use of the exam and the metrics used to evaluate the results. This allows the practitioner to objectively weigh the risks and/or benefits to the patient before proceeding. In order to accurately do this, it is important to have valid and reliable measures to guide the decision–making process. This rule of thumb is as true for the FEES as it is for any other diagnostic technique employed by the speech–language pathologist (SLP).
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