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Vol. 59, No. 1, 2007
Issue release date: December 2006
Section title: Original Paper
Folia Phoniatr Logop 2007;59:39–52
(DOI:10.1159/000096549)

Swallowing Difficulties Reported by Adults Infected with HIV/AIDS Attending a Hospital Outpatient Clinic in Gauteng, South Africa

Bladon K.L. · Ross E.
aDepartment of Speech Pathology and Audiology, bDepartment of Social Work, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 12/18/2006

Number of Print Pages: 14
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

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Abstract

Objective: Swallowing difficulties can exert a profound effect on quality of life, may result in reduced nutritional intake and place individuals at risk of aspiration. However, there is little data available on the swallowing difficulties occurring within the HIV/AIDS population in South Africa. A descriptive study was therefore conducted to document the presence of reported swallowing difficulties in a sample of adults with HIV. Patients and Methods: One-to-one semi-structured interview schedules were administered to 120 adults with HIV attending a clinic in Gauteng, and medical records were evaluated to document the presence of reported swallowing difficulties. Results: Participants described a range of swallowing difficulties and the number of swallowing difficulties reported by participants was negatively correlated with CD4 count. Swallowing difficulties were significantly associated with various opportunistic diseases and related medical pathologies. Prescribed medications were associated with reported swallowing difficulties. Treatment of swallowing difficulties was mainly medical in nature. Swallowing difficulties had affected quality of life. Conclusions: From the results it was concluded that speech therapists have a role to play in the assessment and treatment of swallowing difficulties in individuals with HIV/AIDS.


  

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Kerry L. Bladon
16 Rotherfield Ave.
Essexwold Bedfordview 2007 (South Africa)
Tel. +27 11 524 0500, Fax +27 11 453 7340
E-Mail kldaly@iafrica.com

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 14
Number of Figures : 3, Number of Tables : 7, Number of References : 50

  

Publication Details

Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (International Journal of Phoniatrics, Speech Therapy and Communication Pathology)

Vol. 59, No. 1, Year 2007 (Cover Date: December 2006)

Journal Editor: Schutte, H.K. (Groningen)
ISSN: 1021–7762 (print), 1421–9972 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 12/18/2006

Number of Print Pages: 14
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPL


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