Monday, February 16, 2015

Just Keep Swimming - Dissertation Blog Post 2

Dissertation Blog Post 2

Writing a literature review can be an overwhelming process. I have a feeling that throughout this entire dissertation process I will need to keep telling myself to “just keep swimming.” Luckily, I am working with a University that provides amazing supports such as an incredible library to access, amazing librarians and instructors to help guide you to the right resources and fantastic classmates who are 100% supportive of one another.

One of the biggest challenges I had with starting my literature review was knowing actually where to begin.  I found, as recommended in my course work, that creating a literature review map was the best place to start. I had a general rough draft in mind for this map but it wasn’t until after I had a scheduled visit with a librarian from the University that I was able to create my map. After she showed me a few tips and tricks to searching for not only peer reviewed journal articles but also similar dissertations, I was off! I found that the literature review map was so helpful in organizing my thoughts. I am incredibly thankful for my classmates that found the website This is a website designed to help in create the map in an electronic format. You can see my literature review map below or you can access the link here.

The librarian that assisted me provided me some great insight into how to search for needed journal articles within the library.  From my meeting I took away the appreciation of the saying “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”  I was in awe of how many different phrases I could use to search for my topic. Some of my search parameters included: deglutition, swallow, dysphagia, modified barium swallow studies, clinical swallow evaluation, bedside swallow evaluation, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow, malnutrition & dysphagia, aspiration & dysphagia, and choking & dysphagia.  As one can imagine I have a lot of reading to do!

I am feeling more confident after creating my literature review map. I feel like I will be able to find and review articles in a systematic manner. My next challenge will be to find a theoretical framework and to resolve my issues with EndNote. I think by reading previous dissertations with similar topics I may be able to find a good theoretical framework. And I hope that with maybe another consultation with one of the librarians that EndNote will accept my edits to my references! Wish me luck!


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2001). Roles of speech-language pathologists in swallowing and feeding disorders: Technical report. doi:10.1044/policy.TR2001-00150
Antonios, N., Carnaby-Mann, G., Crary, M., Hubbard, H., Hood, K., Miller, L., . . . & Xavier, A. (2010). Analysis of a physician tool for evaluating dysphagia on an inpatient stroke unit: The modified mann assessment of swallowing ability. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 19(1), 49-57. doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2009.03.007
Bonilha, H. S., Simpson, A. N., Ellis, C., Mauldin, P., Martin-Harris, B., & Simpson, K. (2014). The one-year attributable cost of post-stroke dysphagia. Dysphagia, 29(5), 545-552. doi:10.1007/s00455-014-9543-8
Bottino-Bravo, P., & Thomson, J. . (2008). When it's a hard act to swallow. Retrieved from,
Cabre, M., Serra-Prat, M., Palomera, E., Almirall, J., Pallares, R., & Clavé, P. (2010). Prevalence and prognostic implications of dysphagia in elderly patients with pneumonia. Age and ageing, 39(1), 39-45.
Daniels, S. K., Schroeder, M. F., DeGeorge, P. C., Corey, D. M., Foundas, A. L., & Rosenbek, J. C. (2009). Defining and measuring dysphagia following stroke. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 74-81. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/07-0040)
Farneti, D., & Consolmagno, P. (2007). The swallowing centre: rationale for a multidisciplinary management. Acta otorhinolaryngologica italica, 27(4), 200.
Groher, M., & Crary, M. (2010). Dysphagia: Clinical managment in adults and children. Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
Leder, S. B., Sasaki, C. T., & Burrell, M. I. (1998). Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of dysphagia to identify silent aspiration. Dysphagia, 13(1), 19-21. doi:10.1007/PL00009544
Lim, S. H. B., Lieu, P. K., Phua, S. Y., Seshadri, R., Venketasubramanian, N., Lee, S. H., & Choo, P. W. J. (2001). Accuracy of bedside clinical methods compared with fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallowing (fees) in determining the risk of aspiration in acute stroke patients. Dysphagia, 16(1), 1-6. doi:10.1007/s004550000038

Logemann, J. (1983). Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. San Diego, CA: College-Hill Press.
Marik, P. E., & Kaplan, D. (2003). Aspiration pneumonia and dysphagia in the elderly. Chest, 124(1), 328-336. doi:10.1378/chest.124.1.328
McCullough, G. H., Wertz, R. T., Rosenbek, J. C., Mills, R. H., Ross, K. B., & Ashford, J. R. (2000). Inter- and intrajudge reliability of a clinical examination of swallowing in adults. Dysphagia, 15(2), 58-67. doi:10.1007/s004550010002
Mozaffarian, D., Benjamin, E. J., Go, A. S., Arnett, D. K., Blaha, M. J., Cushman, M., . . . & Turner, M. B. (2015). Heart disease and stroke statistics—2015 update: A report from the american heart association. Circulation, 131(4), e29-e322. doi:10.1161/cir.0000000000000152
Pace, C. C., & McCullough, G. H. (2010). The association between oral microorgansims and aspiration pneumonia in the institutionalized elderly: Review and recommendations. Dysphagia, 25(4), 307-322. doi:10.1007/s00455-010-9298-9
Patterson, J. M., Hildreth, A., McColl, E., Carding, P. N., Hamilton, D., & Wilson, J. A. (2011). The clinical application of the 100mL water swallow test in head and neck cancer. Oral oncology, 47(3), 180-184.
Sandidge, J. (2009). The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP): a new standard physiologic approach to swallowing assessment and targeted treatment. Perspectives on Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), 18(4), 117-122.
Shaw, S. M., & Martino, R. (2013). The normal swallow: muscular and neurophysiological control. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, 46(6), 937-956. doi:10.1016/j.otc.2013.09.006
Singh, B. (2011). Impaired swallow in COPD. Respirology, 16(2), 185-186. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2010.01903.x
Wilson, R. D., & Howe, E. C. (2012). A cost-effectiveness analysis of screening methods for dysphagia after stroke. PM&R, 4(4), 273-282.


  1. Great job Mallory! I am so glad the librarians have been helpful; they are such a great resource that many students don't use!!! Your lit map looks great and it appears as if you have found a number of great resources! Some of your citations are missing information (for the ASHA technical report you need either publication info or retrieval info; always include an & before the last author; Logemann source needs publication info). Other than that it looks like you are off to a great start!!

  2. Ok the ASHA reference is still not quite right. You still need to add the publication info. Look at p. 205 in your APA manual (7.03).

  3. Ok other than the indentation being off the Logemann book finally looks correct. The ASHA reference still needs some work:

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2001). Roles of speech-language pathologists in swallowing and feeding disorders (TR2001-00150). City, ST: Publisher. doi:10.1044/policy

    Italicize the title and then include the city, st and publisher (or the URL if it is an online resources.

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