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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; NHS Research and development Programme for People with Physical and Complex Disabilities (United Kingdom)
Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Dysphagia in Parkinson's Disease

Deane, K. H. O., Whurr, R., et al. (2001).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(1).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
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 review of randomized controlled trials investigating the efficacy and effectiveness of dysphagia intervention for patients with Parkinson's disease. 

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Individuals with the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Intervention/Assessment: Non-pharmacological swallowing treatment

Number of Studies Included: 0

Years Included: Through 2000



  • Treatment
    • Swallowing
      • General Findings
        • No controlled trials examining the efficacy of swallowing intervention were found at time of the review.
        • The authors conclude that there is no scientific evidence to support or refute the efficacy of swallowing treatment with this population, but “emphasize that this lack of evidence does not mean lack of effect” (p. 2).

Keywords: Parkinson's Disease, Swallowing Disorders

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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