Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate elderly adults with dysphagia. The study focused on patients’ understanding of dysphagia, the consequences associated with dysphagia, and dysphagia treatment. A total of 10 participants who suffered from dysphagia completed an interview-survey regarding their understanding and opinions of their dysphagia treatment. They were also asked if they understood the consequences associated with dysphagia. The results revealed patients were mainly unaware of their dysphagia treatment. More specifically, they did not know what was considered treatment and why that treatment was being used. However, participants did understand the consequences associated with dysphagia. The researcher discusses the implications of the study’s findings for clinical practice and patient education and makes recommendations to investigate speech-language pathologists’ education methods and to observe dysphagia patients during mealtime.

Advisor

Furey, Joan

Department

Communication

Publication Date

2016

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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