Impact of Compliance on Dysphagia Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Results from a Multi-center Clinical Trial

@article{Krisciunas2016ImpactOC,
  title={Impact of Compliance on Dysphagia Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Results from a Multi-center Clinical Trial},
  author={Gintas P. Krisciunas and Kerlly Castellano and Timothy M McCulloch and Cathy L Lazarus and Barbara Roa Pauloski and Tanya K Meyer and Darlene E. Graner and Douglas van Daele and Alice K. Silbergleit and Lisa R. Crujido and Denis Rybin and Gheorghe D Doros and Tamar Kotz and Susan E. Langmore},
  journal={Dysphagia},
  year={2016},
  volume={32},
  pages={327-336}
}
A 5-year, 16-site, randomized controlled trial enrolled 170 HNC survivors into active (estim + swallow exercise) or control (sham estim + swallowing exercise) arms. Primary analyses showed that estim did not enhance swallowing exercises. This secondary analysis determined if/how patient compliance impacted outcomes. A home program, performed 2 times/day, 6 days/week, for 12 weeks included stretches and 60 swallows paired with real or sham estim. Regular clinic visits ensured proper exercise… CONTINUE READING

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