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Narrative review: Use of modified diets to prevent aspiration in oropharyngeal dysphagia: is current practice justified?

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Narrative review: Use of modified diets to prevent aspiration in oropharyngeal dysphagia: is current practice justified?

A very thought-provoking article about current practice in dysphagia management.

Abstract
"Although modifying diets, by thickening liquids and modifying the texture of foods, to reduce the risk of aspiration has become central to the current management of dysphagia, the effectiveness of this intervention has been questioned. This narrative review examines, and discusses possible reasons for, the apparent discrepancy between the widespread use of modified diets in current clinical practice and the limited evidence base regarding the benefits and risks of this approach."

https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-018-0839-7