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Dysphagia Case Studies

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Theory State There are multiple therapeutic techniques used today to alleviate the effects of dysphagia; one commonly used technique is the chin-down posture (Young, Macrae, Anderson, Taylor-Kamara, & Humbert, 2015). The article, the Sequence of Swallowing Events During the Chin-Down Posture, investigated the clinical effectiveness of the chin-down posture (Young et al., 2015). According to the authors, prior studies have expressed the chin-down posture to be widely prescribed to minimize aspiration in patients with dysphagia and neurological deficits (Young et al., 2015). The clinical usefulness of the chin-down posture has been shown to be far-reaching; however, there is less research explaining why or how the posture prevents aspiration.…show more content…
In addition, the researchers suggested a need to first examine normal swallowing abilities to understand the disordered aspect (Young et al., 2015); therefore, the authors studied the sequence of swallowing events in…show more content…
The authors provided information on the participants age and gender. However, there was a lack of information of race, ethnicity, and residential location. In addition, the authors specified the participants to be healthy based on the participant report. In order for the study to be reproduced similarly, there should be an understanding of what is considered “healthy” and how it was determined. For the procedure, there was explicit information on how it performed. The results of the study were clearly written and related to the research questions. The findings were expected based on previous evidence supporting that LVC was longer in duration during chin-down postures. Moreover, it was previously supported that the physiological movements required for swallowing were different between normal (neutral) head position and chin-down posture. The current study agreed with other previous findings in that LVC tended to have a longer duration during chin-down
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