Assessment and management approaches for dysphagia in tracheostomized patients: Practices of speech-language pathologists in India

Uzair Chilwan, Smita Caren Mathias, Asif Maitheen, Al Shifa Khan, Radish Kumar Balasubramanium

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Abstract

Objective: Speech language pathologists (SLPs) play a crucial role while dealing with tracheostomized patients, particularly in addressing communication impairments and dysphagia. However, in India, there is a lack of standardized guidelines for SLPs in the treatment of tracheostomy patients, resulting in variations in clinical practices and patient care. Methods: An online survey was conducted among 106 experienced SLPs in India. The survey included questions pertaining to various aspects of assessment and treatment in tracheostomized patients. Survey data were analyzed to identify the level of consensus among SLPs in these areas. Results: The survey results revealed varying levels of consensus among SLPs in most of the domains. Most responses fell within the moderate to low consensus range, indicating a lack of standardized practices. Conclusions: The study highlights the lack of standardized guidelines among SLPs in India when it comes to tracheostomy patient care. Hence, the study recommends collaboration among relevant organizations to enhance knowledge sharing and standardize clinical guidelines to improve the overall quality of care for tracheostomy patients in India.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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