Comparison of two approaches to screen for dysphagia among acute ischemic stroke patients: Nursing admission screening tool versus national institutes of health stroke scale.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Stroke patients (Diagnosis)
Stroke patients (Care and treatment)
Medical screening (Methods)
Deglutition disorders (Diagnosis)
Deglutition disorders (Care and treatment)
Nursing (Research)
Nursing (Methods)
Author: Bravata, Dawn M.
Pub Date: 12/31/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Dec 31, 2009 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 9
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 227281557
Full Text: We compared two methods of screening for dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) among veterans hospitalized with a stroke. The first method used a new questionnaire that was developed for nurses to give at admission to the hospital. This questionnaire asked stroke patients about 11 symptoms of dysphagia, e.g., cough after swallowing. The second method looked at the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), which measures the severity of a stroke and can also identify the presence of dysphagia. We found that the NIHSS better identified dysphagia than the 11 items from the nursing admission questionnaire.

Dawn M. Bravata, MD, et al.
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