Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Speech and Swallow Rehabilitation Following Partial Glossectomy: A Systematic Review

Blyth, K. M., McCabe, P., et al. (2014).
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-10.
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Article Details

Description

This is a review investigating speech and swallowing treatments for individuals with partial glossectomy secondary to cancer.

Questions/Aims Addressed

To determine the effect of speech and swallowing rehabilitation following partial glossectomy

Population

Adults (18 years of age or older) with partial glossectomy as primary cancer treatment

Intervention/Assessment

Any treatment provided by a speech-language pathologist targeting speech and/or swallowing

Number of Studies Included

7

Years Included

Up to June 2014


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

The evidence was insufficient to determine the effect of speech or swallowing treatment following partial glossectomy. Given multiple treatments combined within studies, and lack of methodological quality across studies, "it remains unclear what the active ingredients were" (p. 8) for successful treatment. Therefore, "the body of literature does not provide reliable evidence for the therapy methods or techniques investigated and currently is insufficient to guide current clinical practice" (p. 8).

Keywords: Adults, Age, Cancer Treatment Received (Laryngectomy/Chemotherapy), Glossectomy, Cancer Type/Location, Speech/Voice, Swallowing, Head and Neck Cancer, Oral/Oropharyngeal

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Treatment

The evidence was insufficient to determine the effect of speech or swallowing treatment following partial glossectomy. Given multiple treatments combined within studies, and lack of methodological quality across studies, "it remains unclear what the active ingredients were" (p. 8) for successful treatment. Therefore, "the body of literature does not provide reliable evidence for the therapy methods or techniques investigated and currently is insufficient to guide current clinical practice" (p. 8).

Keywords: Adults, Age, Cancer Treatment Received (Laryngectomy/Chemotherapy), Glossectomy, Cancer Type/Location, Speech/Voice, Swallowing, Head and Neck Cancer, Oral/Oropharyngeal

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