Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2014; 18(02): 172-177
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1364169
Original Research
Thieme Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Analysis of the Level of Dysphagia, Anxiety, and Nutritional Status Before and After Speech Therapy in Patients with Stroke

Daniela Drozdz
1  MSc, Human Communication Disorder, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
Renata Mancopes
2  PhD, Linguistics, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
Ana Maria Toniolo Silva
3  PhD, Human Communication Disorder, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Caroline Reppold
4  PhD, Universidade São Francisco, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Publication History

16 October 2013

18 November 2013

Publication Date:
13 March 2014 (online)



Introduction: The rehabilitation in oropharyngeal dysphagia evidence-based implies the relationship between the interventions and their results.

Objective: Analyze level of dysphagia, oral ingestion, anxiety levels and nutritional status of patients with stroke diagnosis, before and after speech therapy.

Method: Clinical assessment of dysphagia partially using the Protocol of Risk Assessment for Dysphagia (PARD), applying the scale Functional Oral Intake Scale for Dysphagia in Stroke Patients (FOIS), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and the Mini Nutritional Assessment MNA®. The sample consisted of 12 patients, mean age of 64.6 years, with a medical diagnosis of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke and without cognitive disorders. All tests were applied before and after speech therapy (15 sessions). Statistical analysis was performed using the chi-square test or Fisher's exact test, McNemar's test, Bowker's symmetry test and Wilcoxon's test.

Results: During the pre-speech therapy assessments, 33.3% of patients had mild to moderate dysphagia, 88.2% did not receive food orally, 47.1% of the patients showed malnutrition and 35.3% of patients had mild anxiety level. After the therapy sessions, it was found that 33.3% of patients had mild dysphagia, 16.7% were malnourished and 50% of patients had minimal level of anxiety.

Conclusion:  There were statistically significant evolution of the level of dysphagia (p = 0.017) and oral intake (p = 0.003) post-speech therapy. Although not statistically significant, there was considerable progress in relation to the level of anxiety and nutritional status.