Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Analysis of the impact of dysphagia among stroke patients in acute care]

GRÁNÁSI Bettina1, PAPP László2

JUNE 30, 2021

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2021;34(3)

Journal Article

[Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Europe. In Hungary, 40-50 thousand people enter the stroke centers in every year, of which about 15 thousand die. Among the residual symptoms, impairment of swallowing function is significant, which can lead to a life-threatening condition. In our prospective, controlled study, we aimed to investigate the descriptive indicators of swallowing disorders in stroke patients undergoing acute care. The study was done at the Stroke Unit of the Department of Neurology, University of Szeged, between July and November 2020. During this period, 122 patients were included in the study group. The degree of consciousness (p <0.001, Cramer’s V 0.479) and the presence of facial paresis (p <0.001, Cramer’s V 0.73) basically determine the risk of developing swallowing disorders. The incidence of aspiration pneumonia was not higher in the sample than in the control group (p = 0.138). Based on our results, the assessment of the risk of swallowing disorders is an essential element in the care of stroke patients.]


  1. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Neurológiai Klinika
  2. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Sürgősségi Betegellátó Osztály



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