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Effects of Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Treatment on the Swallowing Function and Quality of Life of Stroke Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Journal of the Korean Society of Physical Medicine
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Phys Med
  • 2022, 17(4), pp.75-83
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Physical Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Physical Therapy > Other physical therapy
  • Received : October 14, 2022
  • Accepted : November 16, 2022
  • Published : November 30, 2022

Yeon-Hwa Kim 1 Hwan Kim 2

1대구대학교
2대구대학교 재활과학대학 작업치료학과

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ABSTRACT

PURPOSE: This study was conducted to find out the effects of neurocognitive rehabilitation therapy on the swallowing function and quality of life of stroke patients. METHODS: Thirty patients were selected and randomly allocated into an experimental and a control group. Patients in the experimental group received 15 minutes of neurocognitive rehabilitation treatment combined with 15 minutes of traditional treatment. For the control group, patients received 30 minutes of traditional dysphasia treatment. The experiments were conducted for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, for four weeks. New VFSS and SWAL-QOL were administrated to evaluate the outcomes. RESULTS: Swallowing functions were significantly improved in the experimental group and the control group (p < .05), but there was no statistically significant difference in pre- and post-interventional swallowing between the groups (p > .05). The quality of life was also significantly improved (p < .05) for both groups, but there was a statistically significant difference between the two groups (p > .05). Third, a correlational analysis between swallowing function and quality of life revealed a moderate correlation between New VFSS and SWAL-QOL (p < .05). CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that swallowing therapy through neurocognitive rehabilitation treatment program could be helpful for improving swallowing function and quality of life in stroke patients. Although there was no statistically significant changes from traditional rehabilitation therapy, training in recognizing the senses in the oral cavity and external environment through neurocognitive rehabilitation therapy can be applied as one of the treatment options.

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