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Dysphagia, xerostomia, and hiccups 

Dysphagia, xerostomia, and hiccups
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Dysphagia, xerostomia, and hiccups
Author(s):

Constance M. Dahlin

and Audrey Kurash Cohen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0011
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date: 12 November 2018

Dysphagia, xerostomia, and hiccups are common problems that have not garnered much interest in research. A multidisciplinary approach incorporating nurses, speech and language pathologists, nutritionist, dietitians, and social workers will promote successful treatment. Nurses at the bedside may be the first to identify the presence of these symptoms and understand the negative impact on quality of life. The mere act of listening to a patient’s distress offers affirmation of the existence of the symptoms and validation that the symptoms will be taken seriously. Working with a team can offer relief to patients and their families.

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