Esophageal Dysphagia: The Dysphagia Therapist's Role in Identification and Treatment


Esophageal disorders may significantly impact the comfort, safety and nutritional status of the elderly nursing home resident. It is important for the Dysphagia Therapist to be able to differentiate symptoms of esophageal dysfunction from other problems that interfere with eating. This course is designed as an overview of the diagnoses, assessment procedures and treatment options for esophageal dysphagia.

Course Goal: The Participant will become familiar with symptoms and treatment techniques for Esophageal Dysphagia.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this interactive course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify normal and abnormal structures and functions of the esophagus
  • List the basic diagnostic tools used by physicians when assessing esophageal dysphagia
  • Recognize symptoms related to esophageal disorders
  • Provide referral and consultation for medical evaluation of symptoms of esophageal dysphagia
  • Identify common medications used to treat esophageal disorders
  • Apply behavioral treatment options for esophageal dysphagia

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