Swallowing screening: Purposefully different from an assessment sensitivity and specificity related to clinical yield, interprofessional roles, and patient selection

Debra M. Suiter, Stephanie K. Daniels, Julie M. Barkmeier-Kraemer, Alan H. Silverman

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this clinical focus article is to summarize the goal and process by which identification of individuals at risk for having feeding problems or dysphagia is clinically screened across the life span by speech-language pathologists (SLPs). The topic of this clinical focus article was presented at the Charleston Swallowing Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in July 2018. The contents of this clinical focus article offer an expanded summary of information discussed at this meeting with focus on critical considerations to guide clinical decisions by SLPs regarding the optimal feeding and dysphagia screening approach and process. Conclusion: Screening is a critical first step in the identification of individuals at risk for feeding problems and dysphagia across the life span. Understanding the difference between screening and assessment objectives as well as having the knowledge, skills, and clinical competency to implement psychometrically sound screening approaches is a recommended clinical practice standard for SLPs working with these clinical populations. This clinical focus article summarizes critical considerations for identifying individuals at risk for feeding problems and dysphagia across the life span to guide clinicians working with dysphagia populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)979-991
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Volume29
Issue number2S
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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