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Traditional Treatments for Swallowing Disorders: What We Know; What We Don't

Traditional Treatments for Swallowing Disorders: What We Know; What We Don't
Tammy Wigginton, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
August 23, 2016
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Editor’s Note: This text-based course is a transcript of the webinar, Traditional Treatments for Swallowing Disorders: What We Know; What We Don’t, presented by Tammy Wigginton, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S.

Introduction and Disclosures

Today, we're going to discuss traditional treatments for swallowing disorders, what we know, and what we don't. In spite of improved understanding of swallowing and swallowing dysfunction, treatment strategies are often based on expert opinion, rather than best evidence-based practice. Hopefully, this session will shed some light on current evidence-based treatment strategies and help us understand the limitations of best available research. We can’t do things the same way simply because we have always done them that way.

Here are my financial disclosures. My salary is paid by the University of Kentucky, and I am receiving an honorarium from SpeechPathology.com. Non-financial disclosures are that I am a member of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. 

Learning Outcomes

Our learner outcomes for this course include the following:

  • State one anticipated positive outcome associated with diet modification and one potentially negative outcome associated with diet modification
  • State one anticipated positive outcome associated with use of compensatory swallowing strategies and one potentially negative outcome associated with use of compensatory swallowing strategies
  • Describe two patient populations with evidence-based indications for enteral nutritional support

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Tammy Wigginton, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Ms. Wigginton earned her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Murray State University in 1991. She is a clinician at the University of Kentucky Voice and Swallow Clinic and has worked in academic medicine for over 14 years. Her areas of expertise include alaryngeal communication, evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer patients and neuro-voice and swallowing disorders. She has a special interest in medical bioethics as it relates to the care and treatment of patients with swallowing disorders and head and neck cancer. She previously served as a member of the University of Kentucky Medical Center's Hospital Ethics Committee.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.



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