Imagine—you’re getting home from a long, complicated, cognitively-crushing work day. Maybe you’ve battled doctors, nurses/staff, or administrators for the ump-teenth time for something on your “SLP Dream List” like equipment, access, time, or treatments. Or maybe you held another heartfelt discussion with patients and family members over their care or advocating for needed medical services.
Ready to go read your daily dose of research?!?
Don’t fret. The majority of us want to be and do better for our patients. We want to be “in-the-know” instead of constantly in the dark, trying to navigate the complex universe of speech-language pathology, let alone the world of dysphagia with only glimmers of light showing us the way.
We all have different knowledge bases, backgrounds, experiences, and personalities. We also all have different responsibilities and commitments outside of SLP land (I know, seems crazy sometimes right?!).
So what are we to do?
Here, research articles are reviewed and summarized to try to BRIDGE THE GAP between busy, “in-the-trenches” clinician and constantly contributing researcher.
With this goal in mind, hopefully you can digest some info (maybe even while digesting a pizza or wine 😉 ), share something, learn or take away something. Or maybe you’ll even be inspired to look up more research to help you be a better, braver clinician. While you’re here, also feel free to check out some nifty Resources to help you be a more knowledgeable clinician and cultural broker°.
For now, articles reviewed will be focused on dysphagia-related topics, however, down the line expect to see more of a variety with reviews on aphasia, motor speech, voice, and cognitive-linguistic communication disorders!! 😀
DISCLAIMER: I cannot claim to be an expert in research, and all post content are my own interpretations based on my own knowledge and experience. Professionals should always defer to the original research article (link provided on bottom of every review) and additional evidence as necessary, as well as use clinical judgment with individual patient cases for evidence-based practice.