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Clinical utility and safety of a new tool for tongue pressure measurement: the OroPress

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dc.contributor.advisor Perry, Alison NíChualáin, Carmel 2014-01-02T14:13:12Z 2014-01-02T14:13:12Z 2013
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To date, various studies have been carried out to develop new tools for measuring tongue pressures during normal swallowing but in very few of these studies have researchers focused on the clinical utility and safety of those tools. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical utility and safety of a newly designed tool for tongue pressure measurement: the OroPress. Methods: Thirty five healthy adults; 17 males from 18 to 63 years and 18 females from 19 to 70 years were purposefully recruited from the UL campus. Some participants were also recruited through verbal request to personal friends and classmates. Each participant undertook a trial with the OroPress sensor adhered to their hard palate as controlled swallowing and isometric tasks were undertaken. All participants and student researchers then completed a safety and utility questionnaire that was designed to explore their perceptions of the OroPress in terms of clinical utility and safety. The questionnaire data were analysed using the principles of Grounded Theory. Results: Seventy four percent of participants (n=26) reported that the sensor felt comfortable in his/her mouth and 88% (n=31) reported that it felt secure. Sixty eight percent (n=24) ‘strongly disagreed’ that the sensor made them gag when swallowing while 2% (n=1) ‘strongly agreed.’ In 48% (n=16) of trials, the researches agreed that the sensor was easily applied but in 42% (n=14) they disagreed. Conclusion: Overall, the trials were a success and the results obtained were encouraging for the safety and clinical utility of the OroPress tool. Clinical practice must be effective, efficient and, more importantly, safe. Such information about safety is essential before a tool of this nature is used in clinical settings. More studies of this kind would support clinicians to make sound, well-informed clinical decisions about the tools they use in their practice. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject OroPress en_US
dc.subject tongue pressure measurement en_US
dc.title Clinical utility and safety of a new tool for tongue pressure measurement: the OroPress en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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