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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration
Treatment for Swallowing Difficulties (Dysphagia) in Chronic Muscle Disease

Hill, M., Hughes, T., et al. (2004).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(2).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality N/A
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of randomized trials addressing dysphagia management in people with chronic muscle disease.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Adults and children with chronic untreatable non-inflammatory primary muscle disease.

Intervention/Assessment: Dysphagia intervention including dietary modification, swallowing maneuvers, surgical intervention, and enteral feeding.

Number of Studies Included: 0

Years Included: 1966 - June 2003

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Swallowing
      • Diet Modification/Compensatory Strategies/Tube Feeding
        • This review examined a number of treatment options including dietary modification, swallowing maneuvers, surgical intervention, and enteral feeding. The authors concluded that "no trials have adequately evaluated treatments in the management of dysphagia for chronic muscle disease. It is therefore not possible to decide the most appropriate treatment for a given individual based on current evidence" (p. 1).

Keywords: Swallowing Disorders, Diet Modification, Maneuvers (Swallowing), Tube Feeding

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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