Ethical and legal challenges in feeding and swallowing intervention for infants and children

Joan C. Arvedson, Maureen A. Lefton-Greif

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Abstract

Over the past decade, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have increased their involvement in the assessment and management of infants and children with complex feeding and swallowing problems. Given the complex problems demonstrated by these infants and children that vary across a range of conditions and degrees of severity, SLPs need to increase their knowledge in all the topics covered in this issue. This article will discuss the current state of evidence-based decision making, levels of evidence for studies of treatment efficacy, ethical principles in evidence-based decision making, and ethical decision-making considerations with feeding and swallowing issues using examples of three types of populations of infants and children with complex feeding and swallowing problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-238
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Speech and Language
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Deglutition
  • Dysphagia
  • Evidence-based
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing

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