Boaden, E., Doran, D., Burnell, J., Clegg, A., Dey, P., Hurley, M., Alexandrov, A., McInnes, E. & Watkins, CL. (2017). Screening for aspiration risk associated with dysphagia in acute stroke (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,(6), 1-11. United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012679
This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Diagnostic test accuracy). The objectives are as follows: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of bedside screening tools for detecting dysphagia, which is a predictor of aspiration, in people with acute stroke. To assess the influence of the following potential sources of heterogeneity. • Patient demographics (e.g. age, gender, percentage of males in study, median age of study by gender). • The time post-stroke that the study was conducted (from admission to 48 hours) to ensure only hyperacute and acute stroke dysphagia screening tools are identified. • Any significant change in the participant's condition between the index and reference tests being performed. • The definition of dysphagia used by the study. • Level of training of nursing staff, both grade and training in the screening tool. • Low-quality studies identified from the methodological quality checklist. • Type of the index test and the threshold of the index test. • Type of the reference test.