Developing a multidisciplinary dysphagia program in a public general hospital Mana Yamori 1 Keyword: 言語聴覚士 , 摂食・嚥下リハビリテーション , 職種間連携 , 情報共有 , 巻き込み型 , speech-language-hearing therapist , dysphagia rehabilitation , multidisciplinary management , information sharing , "successive involvement" pp.21-29
Published Date 2005/3/1
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001100020
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 Under licensing law, speech-language-hearing therapists (SLHTs) are qualified to assess and treat dysphagia with doctors' approval. Dysphagia rehabilitation aims not only to aid recovery from swallowing dysfunction, but also to support the safest and highest-quality oral feeding possible within the limits of patients' swallowing function. Achieving these goals requires adapted meal environments with multidisciplinary management.

 In developing a multidisciplinary dysphagia program, we need to fully share information about each dysphagic patient and bring together the expertise of all team members in an organic manner. I believe there are two types of program development:"simultaneous start" and "successive involvement." I shall describe my experience with the latter type in a public general hospital, where I involved doctors, nurses, radiologists, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and SLHTs in our dysphagia program before they were even aware of it. I have striven to show how interesting and effective dysphagia rehabilitation is. In a sense, involving other professionals in a dysphagia program is analogous to campaigning for dysphagia rehabilitation.

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