This research program investigates dysphagia characteristics and management for people with persistent critical illness. Specific studies address dysphagia diagnostics and treatment with the view to positively impact decannulation (removal of tracheostomy tube), healthcare outcomes and patient quality of life.
The specific studies addressed within the Swallowing Dysfunction after Intensive Care research include:
1. The evaluation (validity and reliability) of internationally established dysphagia rating scales, after translation into Swedish.
2. Description and characterization of dysphagia, for tracheostomized patients with persistent/chronic critical illness, following comprehensive swallowing assessments of patients at REMEO, Stockholm.
3. Evaluation of dysphagia treatment and impact on decannulation (removal of tracheostomy tube), swallowing and quality of life.