Eating and Swallowing Disorders

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Project Group Leader

Per Östberg

Problems with swallowing are remarkably common in the population. They are even more prevalent in patients with neurological disorders, where the neural control of swallowing is abnormal.

Dysphagia can be a serious health problem. Patients may become dehydrated and malnourished. Liquids or food may penetrate to the lower airway, causing pneumonia or airway obstruction. Dysphagia can also restrict social participation, as patients tend to avoid eating with others because of their problem.

Project Group Member

Name Title Function
Per Östberg Associate Professor, PhD Project Leader
Ellika Schalling Senior Lecturer, PhD Researcher
Kerstin Johansson SLP, PhD Researcher
Emmelie Persson SLP Master student
Sanna Holstein Jansson SLP Master student

Research projects

  • Validation of a questionnaire for dysphagia symptoms (S-EAT-10) (with Riitta Möller and Stephanie Safa)
  • Prevalence of dysphagia in multiple sclerosis (Kerstin Johansson)
  • Effects of a free water protocol for patients with dysphagia (Sanna Holstein Jansson)
  • Saliva secretion rate and swallowing capacity  (Emmelie Persson)

Sellected publications

Vogel AP, Keage MJ, Johansson K, Schalling E. Treatment for dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) in hereditary ataxia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Nov 13;11:CD010169.

Möller R, Safa S, Östberg P. Validation of the Swedish translation of Eating Assessment Tool (S-EAT-10). Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 2016 (in press). DOI: 10.3109/00016489.2016.1146411.

Speech-Language Pathology