Individuals with complex issues are best managed by a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary team of specialists these specialists work together and with the patient student and family to achieve the best outcome the dysphagia team is led by a coordinator who is frequently a speech language pathologist. Get this from a library working with swallowing disorders a multidisciplinary approach jill c thresher ellis a kehoe. One of the main issues is the need for a multidisciplinary approach to dysphagia 2 which must always take into consideration the underlying disorder defining the scope of practice in medical and rehabilitation settings 3 5 allows a multidisciplinary approach respecting of each professional and targeted to the needs of the patient. Diagnosing and treating swallowing disorders requires a multidisciplinary team approach there are many specialties involved in evaluating and managing swallowing disorders your gastroenterologist is at the heart of the diagnostic team directing care and guiding patients through the appropriate procedures other members of your team may include. In her classic 1983 text revised in 1994 she described the role of the slp in dysphagia management with specific recommendations for treatment approaches that emanated from the results of the mbs the slp as a recognized team member in 1978 i was assigned to the neurology service at the va medical center in new york
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