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Title: Cross-sectional study to investigate the presence of sarcopenic dysphagia in a Portuguese geriatric population
Author: Portinha, Susana
Sá Couto, Pedro
Matos, Maria Assunção
Keywords: Aging
Oropharyngeal dysphagia
Sarcopenic dysphagia
Speech and language therapy
Issue Date: 22-Jul-2021
Publisher: University of Aveiro (UA); Hospital Center of Baixo Vouga (CHBV)
Abstract: Oropharyngeal Dysphagia (OD) and sarcopenia have been recognized as geriatric syndromes and have shown a higher prevalence in institutionalized elderly, being associated with increased socioeconomic burdens. The objectives were to investigate the presence of sarcopenia and risk of OD in a geriatric population and to analyse the relationship between the factors associated with Sarcopenic Dysphagia (SOD). We have observed that female gender, low educational level and score ≥4 on the SARC-F screening test are associated with higher odds of being at risk for OD, sarcopenia, and even probable SOD. Based on the results, we suggested including a Speech and Language Therapist in the multidisciplinary geriatric teams in order to improve the prevention of OD, sarcopenia and SOD, avoiding its consequences.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.34624/jshd.v3i1.24820
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