EP 27: Exploring medical ethics in dysphagia management with Paula Leslie

In this episode we speak to Dr. Paula Leslie and explore the ethical considerations that shape patient care. Paula discusses the delicate balance between benefits and risks that must be maintained specifically in the management of dysphagia. She also provides insights into real-life ethical dilemmas and shares global perspectives that influence our clinical practice as dysphagia clinicians working with our patients. We hope you will join us on a journey through the moral compass of medical decision-making.

Literature that we discuss:

  • Alagiakrishnan, K., Bhanji, R. A., & Kurian, M. (2013). Evaluation and management of oropharyngeal dysphagia in different types of dementia: A systematic review. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 56(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2012.04.011
  • Leslie, P., & Lisiecka, D. (2020). Ethical Issues in Dysphagia Management. Seminars in Speech and Language, 41(03), 257–265. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1710561
  • Leslie, P., & Lisiecka, D. (2022). Ethical considerations in the care of people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery, 30(3), 182–187. https://doi.org/10.1097/MOO.0000000000000803
  • Singer, P., & Viens, A. (Eds.). (2008). The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511545566

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