Publisher: AOTA Press
Adult Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing: Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Management
By Emily Rinaldi, OTD, OTR/L; Wendy Avery, MS, OTR/L; Janelle Hatlevig, MA, OTR/L, BCPR; and Shari Bernard, OTD, OTR/L, SCFES
Feeding, eating, and swallowing ADLs are critical occupations and well within occupational therapy’s scope of practice for evaluation, assessment, and intervention. Dysphagia is a prevalent secondary condition that can result from various disease processes, such as stroke, acquired brain injury, cancer, trauma, or progression of neurologic conditions. Affecting people’s ability to successfully participate in mealtime occupations, swallowing deficits can significantly limit quality of life. Adult Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing demonstrates occupational therapy’s role in dysphagia management within the adult population through evidence-based content, practical how-to information, and emphasis on the multidisciplinary heath care team to equip occupational therapy students and practitioners at all levels to address eating, feeding, and swallowing concerns with their patients.
This text is important for occupational therapy practitioners in numerous settings, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health. Clinicians can use it to promote occupational therapy practitioners as recognized and respected providers of dysphagia evaluation, prevention, rehabilitation, and management.
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