The Efficiency of Non-instrumental Feeding Assessment in Detecting Deglutition Problems in Children: A Systematic Review
Hiba Ghamloush, Zahra Sadat Ghoreyshi* and Narges Bayat
Department of Speech Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Zahra Sadat Ghoreyshi, Assistant Professor of Speech Therapy, Department of Speech Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran.
November 19, 2021; Published: December 17, 2021
Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) require reliable and evidence-based approaches to manage the safety of children and infants with suspected deglutition/dysphagia disorders. The aim of this study was to review the evidence behind the validity of non-instrumental methods for accurate diagnosis. A systematic search of literature published from 2011 to 2021 was conducted using Google Scholar, PubMed and ProQuest databases. Articles were selected according to predefined criteria. A total of five systematic reviews were selected and considered for review. The findings indicate that non-instrumental assessments are the first step in identifying possible dysphagia. However, there is a lack of standardized protocols and administration of assessments which may impact on the accuracy of diagnosis. Two of the selected articles were able to show some strong evidence relating to the efficiency and reliability of non-instrumental assessments being able to accurately detect deglutition problems in children.
Keywords: Pediatric; Bedside Clinical; Non-instrumental; Assessment; Deglutition
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