Dysphagia Research Society: COVID-19 Taskforce
The Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) is a multidisciplinary society of researchers and clinicians (speech-language pathologists, swallowing scientists, physicians, engineers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and others) with expertise in swallowing disorders (dysphagia).
DRS COVID-19 Taskforce
The DRS has established a multidisciplinary COVID-19 Taskforce of international academic and healthcare professionals with expertise in Speech-Language Pathology, Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, Critical/Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Care.
COVID-19 resource page
The DRS COVID-19 Taskforce has put together a COVID-19 resource page of credible sources related to COVID-19 research and clinical educational/practice materials.
The DRS COVID-19 Taskforce has written a guidance document on use of personal protective equipment, aerosol-generating procedures, and oropharyngeal dysphagia management during COVID-19.
Published review paper
The DRS COVID-19 Taskforce has published a review paper which provides current evidence on COVID-19 transmission during commonly used dysphagia practices and provides recommendations for protection while conducting these procedures. The paper summarizes current understanding of dysphagia in patients with COVID-19 and draws on evidence for dysphagia interventions that can be provided without in-person consults and close proximity procedures including dysphagia screening and telehealth.