Assessment & management
In practice, dysphagia may be evaluated and treated by a large (and somewhat bewildering) cross-section of clinical specialities:
Clinical specialities – evaluation and management of swallowing disorders35
- Pulmonary Medicine
- Oral Surgery
- Speech-Language Pathology
- General Surgery
- Physical Therapy
- Thoracic Surgery
- Occupational Therapy
Ideally, a multi-specialty team would usually involve the patient’s primary care physician, otolaryngologist, speech and language therapist (sometimes known as speech and swallowing therapists), gastroenterologist, and radiologist – all working to clear lines of communication8. Depending on the patient’s condition, neurologists, dieticians, oncologists, general surgeons, and thoracic surgeons may also be involved in the patient’s care36.
Find alternatives to
solid dose medications
- Assessment of dysphagia. BMJ best practice.
- Prescribing Medicines for Patients with Dysphagia. A handbook for healthcare professionals.
- Free online course - Swallowing difficulties and medicines. University of East Anglia and Future Learn.
- Dysphagia Global Guidelines - World Gastroenterology Organisation.
- RCSLT Resource Manual For Commissioning And Planning Services For SLCN – Dysphagia.