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Doctors play an important role in diet management and the safety of their patients.

In honor of National Doctor’s Day on March 30th, the EAT Bar team would like to say thank you to each and every physician who daily makes a meaningful impact in the lives of patients by showing care and compassion when addressing eating and swallowing disorders.

Doctors and diets

I feel very fortunate that I completed my graduate training in speech language pathology and later became employed at a teaching hospital.  It was beneficial to study disorders/diseases during morning classes and then see patients present these very symptoms during clinic hours later that day. 

Most facilities, including teaching hospitals, have interdisciplinary daily rounds and weekly meetings as a way to integrate patient care. I was impressed by the level of involvement many physicians demonstrated while discussing a patient’s diet and implementing recommendations in their care plans that included diet modifications and safety precautions. These meetings could also include a patient and/or their family members when delicate aspects of feeding pertained to quality-of-life or end-of-life issues were discussed. 

Doctors and dysphagia patients

I witnessed a range of physicians working with patients who had some form of dysphagia or difficulty swallowing: Radiation Oncologist, Gerontologist, Radiologists, Otolaryngologists, Neurologists and Neurosurgeons, just to name a few. Frequently, these physicians consult with speech pathologists for individual diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans to address specific needs of their patients.

We have been so encouraged by and grateful for the many physicians who have reached out to us and expressed an interest in learning more about the EAT Bar and how it can be helpful to those with swallowing concerns. Thank you!