The role of speech-language-hearing therapists in dysphagia rehabilitation Masako Fujiu-Kurachi 1 Keyword: 言語聴覚士 , 摂食嚥下障害 , リハビリテーション , 多職種連携 , speech-language-hearing therapist , dysphagia , rehabilitation , transdisciplinary approach pp.19-25
Published Date 2015/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001200025
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 In Japan, pneumonia is ranked as the nation's third most common cause of death, with the incidence of pneumonia-related death being particularly high among the elderly population. Since aspiration, a symptom of swallowing disorders (dysphagia), can often lead to a person developing pneumonia, dysphagia intervention by speech-language-hearing therapists (SLHTs) is considered important. However, there is a tendency in clinical settings for priority to be placed on the treatment of dysphagia, while less attention is given to communicative disorders. In addition, the relatively new concept of a transdisciplinary team approach encourages participation of non-SLHT professionals in swallowing therapy. Under such circumstances, SLHTs are challenged to reflect upon who they are and what their role is in dysphagia rehabilitation. While working together with other professionals in the dysphagia team, SLHTs should be able to offer better service to society and patients with dysphagia by making full use of the knowledge and skills that are unique to their profession. Without recognition of the contribution of SLHTs as specialists in communication and communication disorders, the presence of an SLHT in dysphagia rehabilitation may be jeopardized in the future.

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