Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Dr. Ruth Crutchfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Theresa Mata-Pistokache

Third Advisor

James Culbertson


The objective of this investigation is to gain information regarding the transition of adults from a tube feeding to an oral feeding in long-term care facilities. Twelve surveys were administered to the speech language pathologist population from the UTRGV and UTPA communication sciences and disorders alumni via email invitation. The survey consisted of questions regarding: years practiced in long-term care facilities, interdisciplinary collaboration, protocol and/or algorithms for transitioning patients from a tube feeding to an oral feeding, documentation programs, access to meal intakes, the SLP’s role in the transition to oral feedings, and areas of concerns regarding the transition from a tube feeding to an oral feeding. Long-term care SLPs indicated that is minimal interdisciplinary collaboration, multiple problems with patients that arise such as decreased appetite, weight loss, and dehydration, and that facilities would benefit from a protocol/algorithm when transitioning patients from a tube feeding to an oral feeding.


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