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Enhancing Speech-Language Pathology Through Evidence-Based Nutrition Care for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Enhancing Speech-Language Pathology Through Evidence-Based Nutrition Care for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

As practitioners dedicated to improving the lives of children through speech-language pathology, we can draw significant insights from other fields to enhance our practice. A recent study titled Best Evidence to Best Practice: Implementing an Innovative Model of Nutrition Care for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Improves Outcomes offers valuable lessons that can be applied to our own field. This blog will explore how the findings from this study can help us make data-driven decisions to optimize therapy outcomes for children.

Key Findings and Their Relevance

The study demonstrated that implementing a patient-centered, evidence-based nutrition care model significantly improved clinical outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Here are some of the critical outcomes:

Translating Findings to Speech-Language Pathology

While the study focused on nutrition care for HNC patients, the underlying principles can be adapted to speech-language pathology. Here's how:

Encouraging Further Research

The study underscores the importance of continuous research and adaptation. Here are some ways to stay updated and contribute to the field:

By integrating these evidence-based strategies into your practice, you can significantly enhance the outcomes for children under your care. To read the original research paper, please follow this Best Evidence to Best Practice: Implementing an Innovative Model of Nutrition Care for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Improves Outcomes.


Citation: Findlay, M., Rankin, N. M., Shaw, T., White, K., Boyer, M., Milross, C., De Abreu Lourenco, R., Brown, C., Collett, G., Beale, P., & Bauer, J. D. (2020). Best Evidence to Best Practice: Implementing an Innovative Model of Nutrition Care for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Improves Outcomes. Nutrients, 12(5), 1465. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12051465

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