Dysphagia services in the era of COVID-19: Are speech-language therapists essential?

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

Field Value
Title Dysphagia services in the era of COVID-19: Are speech-language therapists essential?
Creator Coutts, Kim A.
Subject Speech Pathology dysphagia; COVID-19; essential services; speech language therapy; swallowing.
Description In the era of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), many healthcare professionals are being faced with the question of what is considered to be an essential service. This opinion paper has attempted to answer this complex question by understanding the potential relationship between dysphagia and COVID-19 and how speech-language therapists (SLTs) in South Africa should tackle this. It also aims to answer the question through the lens of a risk–benefit discussion based around practices and decision-making. Important gaps in the field relating to how SLT practices need to move forward during this challenging time have also been highlighted. Reflective questions that can assist SLTs when seeing dysphagia cases have been provided.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor n/a
Date 2020-07-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Opinion paper
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v67i1.709
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 67, No 1 (2020); 6 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
Relation https://sajcd.org.za/index.php/sajcd/article/view/709/1330 https://sajcd.org.za/index.php/sajcd/article/view/709/1328 https://sajcd.org.za/index.php/sajcd/article/view/709/1331 https://sajcd.org.za/index.php/sajcd/article/view/709/1327
Coverage South Africa Current n/a
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Kim A. Coutts https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0