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Effectiveness of Four Hours of Education in Interpretation of Radiographic Studies

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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.

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Logemann, J., Lazarus, C., Keeley, S. et al. Effectiveness of Four Hours of Education in Interpretation of Radiographic Studies. Dysphagia 15, 180–183 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004550000025

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  • Key words: Videofluoroscopy interpretation — Training — Swallowing — Oropharyngeal — Deglutition — Deglutition disorders