Effectiveness of four hours of education in interpretation of radiographic studies

Jeri A. Logemann*, Cathy L. Lazarus, Susanne Phillips Keeley, Anita Sanchez, Alfred W. Rademaker

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Abstract

Clinicians working with oropharyngeal swallowing disorders often use videofluoroscopy to define their patients' swallowing abnormalities. This study examined the effect of 4 hours of training in the identification of head and neck anatomy and oropharyngeal swallowing disorders viewed radiographically. Ninety clinicians particiapted in a 5-hour session which included 30-minute pre- and post-tests requiring identification of head and neck anatomy and oropharyngeal swallowing disorders and a 4-hour training period. Results showed significant improvement in identification of both radiographic anatomy and swallowing disorders. The change in pre- and post-test measures was negatively correlated with extent of prior experience in dysphagia. Similar studies are needed with clinicians or students inexperienced in dysphagia to define the number of hours of education needed in order for students to reach a desired accuracy level in their identifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-183
Number of pages4
JournalDysphagia
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Oropharyngeal
  • Swallowing
  • Training
  • Videofluoroscopy interpretation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing

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