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An international commentary on dysphagia and dysphonia during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Title: An international commentary on dysphagia and dysphonia during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Miles, A
McRae, J
Clunie, G
Gillivan-Murphy, P
Inamoto, Y
Kalf, H
Pillay, M
Pownall, S
Ratcliffe, P
Richard, T
Robinson, U
Wallace, S
Brodsky, MB
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: COVID-19 has had an impact globally with millions infected, high mortality, significant economic ramifications, travel restrictions, national lockdowns, overloaded healthcare systems, effects on healthcare workers’ health and well-being, and large amounts of funding diverted into rapid vaccine development and implementation. Patients with COVID-19, especially those who become severely ill, have frequently developed dysphagia and dysphonia. Health professionals working in the field have needed to learn about this new disease while managing these patients with enhanced personal protective equipment. Emerging research suggests differences in the clinical symptoms and journey to recovery for patients with COVID-19 in comparison to other intensive care populations. New insights from outpatient clinics also suggest distinct presentations of dysphagia and dysphonia in people after COVID-19 who were not hospitalized or severely ill. This international expert panel provides commentary on the impact of the pandemic on speech pathologists and our current understanding of dysphagia and dysphonia in patients with COVID-19, from acute illness to long-term recovery. This narrative review provides a unique, comprehensive critical appraisal of published peer-reviewed primary data as well as emerging previously unpublished, original primary data from across the globe, including clinical symptoms, trajectory, and prognosis. We conclude with our international expert opinion on what we have learnt and where we need to go next as this pandemic continues across the globe.
Issue Date: 4-Jan-2022
Date of Acceptance: 1-Dec-2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/93728
DOI: 10.1007/s00455-021-10396-z
ISSN: 0179-051X
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Journal / Book Title: Dysphagia
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2021. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
1103 Clinical Sciences
Publication Status: Published online
Open Access location: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00455-021-10396-z
Online Publication Date: 2022-01-04
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer
Imperial College London COVID-19



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