A quick and simple screening test for swallowing difficulties can be useful in the initial evaluation of patients at risk for aspiration pneumonia.


The checklist consists of 28 items, 8 of which are observed while the person eats or drinks.


checklist score =

= number of questions with "yes" answers



• minimum score: 0

• maximum score: 28

• The presence of one or more (score >=1) findings indicates that a more in-depth physiologic evaluation is necessary.


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