Free
Research Article  |   March 1994
Approaches to Treating Dysphagia in Patients With Brain Injury
Author Affiliations
  • Wendy Avery-Smith, MS, OTR, is Clinical Supervisor, Occupational Therapy Department, Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital, Salem, Massachusetts, and Professional Associate, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York. (Mailing address: 18 Kelsey Road, Boxford, Massachusetts 01921)
  • Donna M. Dellarosa, OTR, is Senior Occupational Therapist, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Special Issue on Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Research Article   |   March 1994
Approaches to Treating Dysphagia in Patients With Brain Injury
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1994, Vol. 48, 235-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.3.235
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1994, Vol. 48, 235-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.3.235
Abstract

Dysphagia and its treatment in patients with brain injury are multifactorial. Treatment provided should address each deficit area relevant to dysphagia and should be consistent with current trends and knowledge. This article describes the subskills that compose the ability to swallow and their treatment in patients with brain injury. The available literature describing treatment and its efficacy relevant to each subskill area is reviewed. Specific areas for documenting efficacy of occupational therapy interventions are described.