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Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning
A Team Approach

Fourth Edition
Edited by: Rebecca Leonard, Katherine Kendall
Color Illustrations (4 Color), Hardcover, 7 x 10" 1 lbs
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Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach, Fourth Edition is an ideal resource for graduate dysphagia courses in speech-language pathology programs. The unique value of this book is the multidisciplinary approach it presents. Too often, speech-language pathologists function clinically with insufficient interaction with, or understanding of, the roles of other professionals involved with their patients. This text incorporates information pertinent to the roles, tools, and views of a multidisciplinary dysphagia team, including physicians, speech pathologists, nurse specialists, and dieticians, who work together on a daily basis.

In this fourth edition the organization has changed, with chapters concerned with assessment techniques coming first, and material addressing special populations comprising the latter portion of the text. This reflects what is likely a more typical approach to dysphagia in graduate courses concerned with the topic, and one that complements teaching of the subject matter.

Updates to the fourth edition include:

  • The treatment chapter (Ch. 10) has been updated to reflect the current status of therapeutic approaches previously considered in treating dysphagic patients.
  • Chapters dealing with nursing (Ch. 11) and nutrition (Ch. 12) have been updated to incorporate the latest recommendations in nursing care and dietary considerations for patients experiencing dysphagia.
  • The pediatrics chapter (Ch. 13) has been expanded to address specific problems and needs not only of infants, but also the entire spectrum of childhood.
  • A chapter devoted to the esophagus (Ch. 14) addresses new information on the management of esophageal disorders, including the novel double-balloon dilation of the UES, and a device for manually opening the upper esophagus.
  • Chapters addressing special populations, including neurogenic disease (Ch. 15) and head and neck cancer (Ch. 16), incorporate the latest information regarding dysphagia and approaches to treatment pertinent to each group.
  • A brand-new addition to the book is Ch. 18 which addresses dysphagia associated with alterations to the spine as a consequence of either disease or surgery.
  • A major new inclusion in the current edition are materials utilizing a new software program, called “Swallowtail,” that permits the all-in-one measurement, display and storage of timing, displacement and other measures from fluoroscopic studies.

Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning comes with a PluralPlus companion website that includes videos of patient studies which were selected to represent impairments typically observed in clinical practice (inpatient and outpatient). Other media clips illustrate each instrumental assessment technique introduced in the book (e.g., endoscopic, transnasal esophagoscopy, high resolution manometry), performed on a variety of dysphagic patients. Additional resources for instructors include lecture slides for each chapter and an image bank.

Also available is a separate companion workbook, Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning Workbook, Fourth Edition, that includes practical exercises accompanying each chapter. The exercises are designed to clarify and expand on information presented in the text and should be of interest not only to students but to practicing clinicians hoping to add new skills to their repertoires. The workbook has been thoroughly updated to reflect the new organization and content of the textbook.

Multimedia List

Chapter 1. Anatomy and Physiology of Deglutition
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 2. Head and Neck Physical Exam
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 3. Clinical Swallow Evaluation
Susan J. Goodrich and Alice I. Walker

Chapter 4. Endoscopy in Assessing and Treating Dysphagia
Rebecca Leonard

Chapter 5. Radiographic Evaluation of the Pharynx and Esophagus
Jacqui Allen

Chapter 6. Dynamic Fluoroscopic Swallow Study: Swallow Evaluation with Videofluoroscopy
Susan McKenzie and Rebecca Leonard

Chapter 7. DSS: A Systematic Approach to Analysis and Interpretation
Susan McKenzie and Rebecca Leonard

Chapter 8. Dynamic Swallow Study: Objective Measures and Normative Data in Adults
Rebecca Leonard

Chapter 9. Other Technologies in Dysphagia Assessment
Maggie A. Kuhn

Chapter 10. The Treatment Plan
Rebecca Leonard and Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 11. Nursing Evaluation and Care of the Dysphagic Patient
Ann E. F. Sievers

Chapter 12. Nutritional Concerns and Assessment in Dysphagia
Beverly Lorens

Chapter 13. Pediatric Clinical Feeding Assessment
Anna Miles, Janet Pitcher, Margie Crandall, and Susan J. Goodrich

Chapter 14. Esophageal Phase Dysphagia
Peter C. Belafsky and Catherine J. Rees Lintzenich

Chapter 15. Neurogenic Dysphagia
Jacqui Allen

Chapter 16. Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 17. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
Catherine J. Rees Lintzenich and Peter C. Belafsky

Chapter 18. Spinal Abnormalities in Dysphagia
Derrick R. Randall


About The Editors

Rebecca Leonard

Rebecca Leonard, PhD is a professor in the Dept. of Otolaryngology/HNS at the University of California, Davis. She is also the Clinical Director of the Voice-Speech-Swallowing Center in the ENT Clinic at the U. C. Davis Medical Center. She is a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and she is an ASHA Fellow.

Katherine Kendall

Dr. Katherine Kendall is a staff member in the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Utah. She has formerly served as the Medical Director of the Dysphagia Team and the Voice, Speech and Swallowing Center at UC Davis and Director of the Park Nicollet Voice Clinic in Minneapolis.

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