Authors: Blyth KM, McCabe P, Madill C, Ballard KJ
Title: Speech and swallow rehabilitation following partial glossectomy: A systematic review
Source: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2015 17(4): 401-410
Year: 2015
Research Design: Systematic Review

Purpose: Tongue cancer is known to negatively affect both speech and swallowing function; however this is the first review to report speech-language pathology (SLP) intervention for both functions following partial glossectomy. Method: Using a PRISMA approach, systematic screening of nine databases was undertaken. Original studies reporting SLP rehabilitation for speech and/or swallowing dysfunction with participants following partial glossectomy as primary cancer treatment were included. Result: These studies are discussed in terms of SLP assessment and intervention trends as well as quality according to current research method standards (levels of evidence, Pedro-P, SCED) in order to determine suitability for guiding current clinical practice. Conclusion: Publications were few (n = 7) and mostly of non-experimental design. This review highlights the gap in evidence and questions the rationale of current SLP rehabilitation following partial glossectomy

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