Clinical Decisions Regarding Patients With Dysphagia and Palliative Care Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) that care for patients with dysphagia are uniquely aware of the physiology of swallowing and how important eating is to patients and their family members. We live in a very food oriented society. When evaluating and treating patients, SLPs utilize evidence-based medicine to ascertain a plan of ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2013
Clinical Decisions Regarding Patients With Dysphagia and Palliative Care
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  • Jo Puntil-Sheltman
    Dysphagia Clinical Specialist, Speech Pathologist, Developmental Specialist, Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, UT
  • Financial Disclosure: Jo Puntil-Sheltman is a Dysphagia Clinical Specialist, Speech Pathologist, and Developmental Specialist at Dixie Regional Medical Center.
    Financial Disclosure: Jo Puntil-Sheltman is a Dysphagia Clinical Specialist, Speech Pathologist, and Developmental Specialist at Dixie Regional Medical Center.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2013
Clinical Decisions Regarding Patients With Dysphagia and Palliative Care
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), November 2013, Vol. 22, 118-123. doi:10.1044/sasd22.3.118
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), November 2013, Vol. 22, 118-123. doi:10.1044/sasd22.3.118

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) that care for patients with dysphagia are uniquely aware of the physiology of swallowing and how important eating is to patients and their family members. We live in a very food oriented society. When evaluating and treating patients, SLPs utilize evidence-based medicine to ascertain a plan of care with the ultimate goal of achieving a functional swallow. We follow ethical principles to assist the patient in achieving the best functional swallow possible during their current illness. However, what happens when the patient has a progressive terminal illness with a possible poor outcome? SLPs can also play a key role in opening the door for patients to be introduced to palliative care.

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