Clinical Question

Does sEMG change outcomes for patients with dysphagia and stroke or head and neck disease?

Critically Appraised Topic

The effectiveness of sEMG biofeedback in improving outcomes for patients with stroke or head and neck disease is not clear. Currently, the evidence is limited and methodologically diverse but does indicate possible benefits for sEMG as an adjunct to swallowing therapy in these populations. Further research comparing traditional dysphagia therapy, with traditional dysphagia therapy plus sEMG biofeedback will be required before definitive and reliable conclusions can be made. PDF Format

Critically Appraised Papers

Newlove, S. (2006). A case study examining the effectiveness of surface electromyography (sEMG) biofeedback in dysphagia rehabilitation and the SWAL_QOL quality of life outcome measure. Research Project, University of Auckland

Bryant, M. (1991). Biofeedback in the treatment of a selected dysphagic patient. Dysphagia (6). 140-141 PDF Format

Crary, M.; Carnaby, G.; Groher, M.; & Helseth, E. (2004). Functional benefits of dysphagia therapy using adjunctive sEMG biofeedback. Dysphagia (19). 160-164

Huckabee, M.L., & Cannito. M.P. (1999). Outcomes of swallowing rehabilitation in chronic brainstem dysphagia: A retrospective evaluation. Dysphagia (14). 93-109

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