Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia
On-line version ISSN 1982-0232
PADOVANI, Aline Rodrigues; MORAES, Danielle Pedroni; MANGILI, Laura Davidson and ANDRADE, Claudia Regina Furquim de. Dysphagia Risk Evaluation Protocol. Rev. soc. bras. fonoaudiol. [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.3, pp.199-205. ISSN 1982-0232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-80342007000300007.
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to constitute a pilot protocol proposal to risk identification of dysphagia. This protocol is proposed to identify and to interpret the swallowing disorders, to characterize the penetration or aspiration clinical signals, to define promptly the dysphagia severity and to establish the management based in the results of the evaluation. METHODS: The Dysphagia Risk Evaluation Protocol is based in extensive literature about dysphagia. The common points were maintained and the points with no literature consensus were dismissed. RESULTS: The Dysphagia Risk Evaluation Protocol is constituted by three parts: water swallowing test, puree deglutition test, dysphagia severity scale and management. CONCLUSION: The Dysphagia Risk Evaluation Protocol is based in a theoretical proposition and depends of its application on population basis for its validation. Also contributes to a full beside evaluation that guides the speech-language pathologists and consolidate the evidence-based practice. The next step of this research will be experimental.
Keywords : Evaluation; Deglutition; Dysphagia; Deglutition disorders; Protocols.