Clinical Decision Making

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Gary McCullough Ph.D , Associate Dean (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The preconference, or postgraduate course, sessions of the 2018 meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society in Baltimore, MD, brought together experts from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, nutrition, speech pathology, and others, to address and discuss the science and clinical application of reasoning and decision making with respect to the care of patients with dysphagia. Presentations started by breaking down the cognitive processes we, as clinicians, employ in making decisions on a daily basis and then proceeded to case study presentations and panel discussions regarding the impact of scientific advancements and big data on shaping our current and future clinical care. This issue of Seminars in Speech and Language was inspired by those sessions and introduces the reader to approaches to clinical decision making with respect to assessment and management of dysphagia in various clinical settings with various types of patients. As Doeltgen, Murray, and Attrill describe in our first article, “Clinical reasoning … is a cognitively complex process, as it requires synthesis of multiple sources of information that are generated during a thorough, evidence-based assessment process and which are moderated by the patient's individual situation, including their social and demographic circumstances, comorbidities or other health concerns.”

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McCullough, G. & Rangarathnam, B. (2019). Clinical Decision Making. Seminars in Speech and Language, 40(03): 149-150. DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1688996. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2019
psychology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, nutrition, speech pathology

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