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Volume 46 Number 2, 2009
   Pages 185 — 194

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Evidence-based systematic review: Oropharyngeal dysphagia behavioral treatments. Part II-Impact of dysphagia treatment on normal swallow function

Karen Wheeler-Hegland, PhD, et al.

Dysphagia can result from a number of medical conditions that affect veterans, such as stroke, head and neck cancer, and traumatic brain injury. Because dysphagia can significantly affect overall health and quality of life, identifying effective treatment options is crucial. This systematic review analyzes the exploratory research of seven behavioral swallowing interventions for the swallowing physiology of nondisordered populations. The findings from this review identify key physiological changes and determine how effectively these interventions modify function. They also provide a framework for future research on populations with disorders.

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