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Pediatric Feeding Disorders: A Quantitative Synthesis of Treatment Outcomes
Sharp, W. G., Jaquess, D. L., et al. (2010).
Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review, 13(4), 348-365.

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes*
Quality assessments are reproducible No
Characteristics of the included studies are provided Yes

*Certain quality indicators were required for a study to be included in the meta-analysis.

This is a meta-analysis of single-subject experimental design studies investigating feeding interventions in children with severe feeding disorders. Participant diagnoses included global developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, speech/language delay, as well as children who were considered typically developing.

Question(s)/Aim(s) Addressed:
Question not specifically stated.

Children (birth to 18 years) with severe feeding disorders characterized by chronic food refusal, tube/bottle dependence. food selectivity, and/or poor oral intake.

All included studies emphasized behavioral interventions.

Number of Studies Included:

Years Included:
January 1970-June 2010


Pediatric Dysphagia

  • Treatment

    • Behavioral Interventions

      • Behavioral interventions were "associated with significant improvements in feeding behavior" (p. 348).

      • " well-controlled studies evaluating feeding interventions by other theoretical perspectives or clinical disciplines met inclusion criteria" (p. 348).

Sponsoring Body:
Not stated.

Behavioral Treatments, Swallowing Disorders

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