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Pediatric Dysphagia Evidence Map




External Scientific Evidence


Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines

Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists; Department of Health (UK); National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Clinical Guidelines: 5.8 Disorders of Feeding, Eating, Drinking & Swallowing (Dysphagia)
Taylor-Goh, S., ed. (2005).
RCSLT Clinical Guidelines. Bicester, Speechmark Publishing Ltd
Added: July 2011
This guideline provides recommendations for the assessment and management of swallowing disorders in children and adults. This guideline is intended for speech-language pathologists. Populations included, but were not limited to, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease and head and neck cancer. Each recommendation is graded A (requires at least one randomized controlled trial), B (requires at least one well-conducted clinical study), or C (requires evidence from expert committee reports). 
“Some instrumental procedures (e.g., Surface [electromyography (EMG)], ultrasound, videoendoscopy) can be used to provide biofeedback to patients undergoing swallowing therapy” (Level C Evidence) (p. 68). 

Evidence-Based Systematic Reviews

No evidence-based systematic reviews were found.

Clinical Expertise/Expert Opinion

Consensus Guidelines  
No consensus guidelines were found. 

Client/Patient/Caregiver Perspectives

No information was found pertaining to client/patient/caregiver perspectives.

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