Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) in the education of patients and family members for the effective management of oropharyngeal dysphagia and recognition of aspiration

Athanasia Printza, Stefanos Triaridis, Iordanis Konstantinidis, Elena Pavlidou & Hariklia Proios
Introduction: The aim of this study is to examine the contribution of Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) to the education of patients and family members - caring professionals for the effective management of oropharyngeal dysphagia and recognition of aspiration. Methods: Prospective study of 87 patients and families treated at the swallowing disorders clinic. Primary outcome: recognition of aspiration symptoms (cough, voice change, “secretions” from tracheostomy). Secondary outcome: compensatory positions and swallowing maneuvers performance (patients)...