, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 39–42 | Cite as

Using the Fleming index of dysphagia to establish prevalence

  • Kristine A. Layne
  • Diane S. Losinski
  • Pamela M. Zenner
  • Judy A. Ament


The Fleming index of dysphagia was used to determine the prevalence of dysphagia in patients in a long-term, neuropsychiatric medical center. Prevalence varied by section, with the ventilator-dependent patients having the highest rate and the chemical-dependent patients having the lowest. The Fleming index appears to be a quick and useful instrument to identify patients who are at risk of dysphagic complications, but further reliability and validity studies are needed to demonstrate its utility.

Key words

Dysphagia, Fleming Index Deglutition, disorders Data collection, Fleming Index 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristine A. Layne
    • 1
  • Diane S. Losinski
    • 2
  • Pamela M. Zenner
    • 3
  • Judy A. Ament
    • 4
  1. 1.Nursing Service (118A)VA Medical CenterSt. CloudUSA
  2. 2.Rehabilitation Medicine ServiceVA Medical CenterSt. CloudUSA
  3. 3.Audiology and Speech Pathology ServiceVA Medical CenterSt. CloudUSA
  4. 4.Dietetics ServiceVA Medical CenterSt. CloudUSA

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