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Measuring the quality of dysphagia management practices following stroke: a systematic review.
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PMID:  21050403     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIM: To systematically review process indicators used to assess the quality of care provided to patients with dysphagia following acute stroke and examine the level of evidence underpinning these indicators.
METHODS: Databases were systematically searched to identify publications (January 2006-April 2009) that describe process indicators relating to the clinical management of acute stroke-related dysphagia. Relevant process indicators were extracted from the reviewed publications for detailed post hoc analysis including supporting evidence and alignment to the current Australian and English stroke guidelines.
RESULTS: Title and abstract review found 150 potential studies. Full-text review resulted in 25 publications that met the study's inclusion criteria. Thirteen process indicators were identified in the literature that related to the initial assessment, clinical management, rehabilitation and discharge planning for patients with acute stroke-related dysphagia. These processes were supported by levels of evidence ranging from high 'level 1' (8%) down to 'expert opinion' evidence (46%). Two process indicators did not align to recommendations in the clinical guidelines. This systematic review underpins informed selection of process indicators for evaluating the quality of dysphagia management following stroke. The selection of quality indicators is complicated by equivocal supporting evidence; however, indicators should reflect expected local practices, align with national stroke guidelines and be feasible for clinical auditing.
Julie A Luker; Kylie Wall; Julie Bernhardt; Ian Edwards; Karen Grimmer-Somers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of stroke : official journal of the International Stroke Society     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1747-4949     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Stroke     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101274068     Medline TA:  Int J Stroke     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  466-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 The Authors. International Journal of Stroke © 2010 World Stroke Organization.
International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
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