J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2020 Jan;10(1):31-46. 10.34160/jkds.2020.10.1.005.

The Korean Dysphagia Society (KDS) Position Statement for Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea
  • 3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, Korea
  • 4Department of Occupational Therapy, Kyungbok University, Pocheon, Korea
  • 5Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
  • 6Department of Occupational Therapy, Baekseok University, Cheonan, Korea
  • 7Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 8Department and Research Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 9Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • 10Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea


Oropharyngeal dysphagia is a clinical condition caused by various underlying diseases and is characterized by difficulty in swallowing. Diagnosis and treatment of oropharyngeal dysphagia require multidisciplinary consultations. This position statement for oropharyngeal dysphagia was developed by The Korean Dysphagia Society (KDS) to outline its position on oropharyngeal dysphagia. The clinical practice guideline, position statements, a recent meta-analysis, a systematic review, and randomized controlled trials for oropharyngeal dysphagia were all performed. An expert Delphi survey was also done to achieve a consensus of opinion on this position statement. This position statement for oropharyngeal dysphagia aims to help make evidence-based decisions in clinical practice, improve clinical evaluation and manage oropharyngeal dysphagia in Korea.


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