In episode four we speak to Prof. Shaun O’Keeffe. He and his colleagues have published the article “Aspiration, risk and risk feeding: A critique of the Royal College of Physicians guidance on care of people with eating and drinking difﬁculties” (O’Keeffe et al., 2021), which was awarded “Annual Best Paper Award 2021” by the ACS Journal. While talking about his paper, Shaun highlights why the language we use in clinical practice and research matters and what the relation between dysphagia, aspiration and pneumonia is. He also critically reflects on the traditional use of diet modification in the management of dysphagia.
Here are two more articles that Shaun talks about (note: for open access simply click on the author’s name):
- Langmore et al. (1998). Predictors of Aspiration Pneumonia: How Important Is Dysphagia? https://doi.org/10.1007/PL00009559
- Robbins et al. (2008). Comparison of 2 interventions for liquid aspiration on pneumonia incidence: A randomized trial. https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-148-7-200804010-00007