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Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 3: Pulmonary Function Measures

presented by Deanna Britton

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Whether administered by the SLP or by other members of the allied health team, data obtained by pulmonary function measures is vital to consider during evaluations for dysphagia. This course, with Deanna Britton, provides the theoretical and research background behind different types of pulmonary function tests. The course begins with a description of the recent history of pulmonary function measures and the current options available to SLPs and the healthcare team in a variety of settings. Dr. Britton then describes how these measures are relevant to dysphagia assessment and dysphagia related pathological processes. The course concludes with a lab section demonstrating pulmonary function measures that can be administered in a clinical setting.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Deanna Britton, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

    Deanna Britton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Northwest Center for Voice & Swallowing in the Department of Otolaryngology (NWCVS) – Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She is Board Certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults by the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS). Dr. Britton has published and presented on topics related to dysphagia, dysarthria, augmentative and alternative communication, respiratory support for speech and swallowing, motor neuron disease, and spinal cord injury. Her research interests include respiratory support for swallowing and cough effectiveness.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Pulmonary Function Tests

    1. Pulmonary Function Tests

    Pulmonary function tests available clinically or in inpatient settings are vitally important to consider during assessment for dysphagia. In the first chapter of this course, Deanna Britton provides in depth descriptions of available pulmonary function measures, including the research literature supporting their use.

  2. Paradoxical Breathing Patterns and Flow Volume loops

    2. Paradoxical Breathing Patterns and Flow Volume loops

    In the second chapter of this course, participants will be shown how data available from pulmonary function tests is relevant to dysphagia assessment as a part of the medical records review, and when considering the effect of pulmonary function on swallowing function.

  3. Measurement of Cough

    3. Measurement of Cough

    Measurement of cough is an important aspect of pulmonary function testing. This chapter provides an overview of the measurement and interpretation of cough force and overall function as a reflexive and volitional pulmonary defense mechanism.

  4. Lab Section

    4. Lab Section

    In this section, the participant will review a patient case study that includes demonstrations clinically applicable pulmonary function tests.

  5. Question and Answer

    5. Question and Answer

    In this chapter, Dr. Britton fields questions form Dr. Robert Miller that cover the entire Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function series, including future research directions, and commonly asked questions.

  6. Learning Assessment

    6. Learning Assessment

    Test your knowledge with a series of case-based questions.