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Dysphagia: its nature, assessment and management

Lancaster, J (2015) Dysphagia: its nature, assessment and management. British Journal of Community Nursing, 20 (6). S28-S32. ISSN 1462-4753

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© 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd. Dysphagia impacts on the health and quality of life of individuals and contributes to the cost of health care. This paper summarises current literature regarding the nature, assessment and management of acquired oro-pharyngeal dysphagia in older adults. It examines the aetiology, prevalence and consequences of dysphagia, as well as issues regarding medication administration. Assessment of dysphagia is explored in terms of multidisciplinary screening, speech and language therapist clinical swallowing evaluation and instrumental assessment.

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