“Dysphagia by itself is NOT sufficient enough to cause pneumonia.””
Wait, whaaat?! In 1998, Dr. Langmore, along with six brilliant colleagues, published a research study that completely ROCKED the dysphagia world and challenged everything SLPs have ever been taught.
Although FEES has been around since 1988 and has been proven repeatedly to be just as valuable in the assessment of dysphagia, MBSS continues to be rumored as the “Gold Standard.”
Luckily, that myth is slowly being put to rest with the release of new research and literature.
My colleagues often ask, “What’s one research article or piece of literature that has changed the way you practice?” And my response is always the same: “This one’s easy – it’s the Three Pillars of Pneumonia, by Dr. John Ashford.”
OKAY, BUT WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?