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RMJ. 2016; 41(2): 230-233

Awareness among doctors about the role of speech and language pathologists in the management of dysphagia in COPD patients

Amatul Aisha Rahman, Matiur Rahman, Faiza Badar, Kashif Khan, Hadiya Rahman.

Objective: To assess current awareness among doctors regarding role of speech language pathologist (SLP) in management of dysphagia in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.
Methodology: Cross sectional study involving 70 participants was conducted from November 2013 to December 2013 in two tertiary health care facilities in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Information regarding their awareness was collected using self administered questionnaire. SPSS was used to analyze the data.
Results: Out of 70 doctors, 28(40%) were not aware and 10(14.3%) disagreed while 32(45.7%) agreed that SLP plays an important role in the management of COPD patients.
Conclusion: There is good awareness about role of SLP in COPD management among the doctors, and that these patients with dysphagia should be referred to SLP but less than half of them agree to do so, which is reflected in their practice. Consultants were more aware than those having lesser experience in their field.

Key words: Speech lung pathologist (SLP), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, dysphagia.

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