Evidence-based systematic review: Oropharyngeal dysphagia behavioral treatments. Part I--background and methodology.

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Journal Article (Review)

Evidence-based systematic reviews (EBSRs), in conjunction with clinical expertise and client values, are invaluable tools for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. This article provides an overview of the levels-of-evidence scheme used by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to conduct systematic reviews. The goal of ASHA reviews is to provide a tool to help clinicians determine the best treatment course for their clients. We present a collaborative project between ASHA's National Center for Evidence-based Practice in Communication Disorders and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that examined seven behavioral swallowing treatments for disordered and nondisordered populations. The methodology used in a series of reviews conducted by ASHA and the VA will be discussed, including the development of clinical questions, search parameters, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and literature search results. Findings from the series of reviews as well as the practical applications of EBSRs will be reported in subsequent articles in this series.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Frymark, T; Schooling, T; Mullen, R; Wheeler-Hegland, K; Ashford, J; McCabe, D; Musson, N; Hammond, CS

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 175 - 183

PubMed ID

  • 19533531

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19533531

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-1352

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States