Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

The Neurogenic Dysphagia Management via Telemedicine: A Systematic Review

Reverberi, C., Gottardo, G., et al. (2021).
European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.23736/s1973-9087.21.06921-5.
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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
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  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

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Study Quality: Only aggregate quality ratings of the included studies were provided.

Study Characteristics: Study characteristics were provided for only a subset of studies.

Article Details

Description

This is a systematic review of published studies using various research designs investigating the management of neurogenic dysphagia via telepractice, compared to face-to-face treatment, in people with neurogenic dysphagia. 

Questions/Aims Addressed

The primary objective of this review was to determine the effects of neurogenic dysphagia management via telerehabilitation compared to face-to-face treatment.

Population

People with neurogenic dysphagia

Intervention/Assessment

Dysphagia management via telepractice

Number of Studies Included

16 studies for qualitative analysis; 14 studies for quantitative analysis

Years Included

Database inception up to January 2021


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Assessment

"This systematic review highlighted high levels of agreement between the face-to-face evaluation and the swallowing assessment via telerehabilitation, which seems to be not influenced by the severity of dysphagia, the location of stroke and severity of the disease" (p. 16). Although findings suggested that telerehabilitation could be beneficial for people with neurologic swallowing problems, literature involving telerehabilitation in the field of neurogenic dysphagia was limited.

Keywords: Format (Individual/Group/Telepractice), Adults, Healthcare, Dysphagia, Non-Imaging Assessment (Not Specified)

Service Delivery

"This systematic review highlighted high levels of agreement between the face-to-face evaluation and the swallowing assessment via telerehabilitation, which seems to be not influenced by the severity of dysphagia, the location of stroke and severity of the disease" (p. 16). Although findings suggested that telerehabilitation could be beneficial for people with neurologic swallowing problems, literature involving telerehabilitation in the field of neurogenic dysphagia was limited.

Keywords: Format (Individual/Group/Telepractice), Adults, Healthcare, Dysphagia, Non-Imaging Assessment (Not Specified)

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Assessment

"This systematic review highlighted high levels of agreement between the face-to-face evaluation and the swallowing assessment via telerehabilitation, which seems to be not influenced by the severity of dysphagia, the location of stroke and severity of the disease" (p. 16). Although findings suggested that telerehabilitation could be beneficial for people with neurologic swallowing problems, literature involving telerehabilitation in the field of neurogenic dysphagia was limited.

Keywords: Format (Individual/Group/Telepractice), Adults, Healthcare, Dysphagia, Non-Imaging Assessment (Not Specified)

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