Electronic Educational Products for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Report)
This issue includes reviews of two products available to assist dysphagia clinicians as they educate patients about swallowing and swallowing disorders. The first review is of the 3D Swallow a DVD with sections explicitly developed for patients and professionals, respectively. The 3D Swallow uses animations to depict the swallowing process from changing perspectives as the bolus proceeds from the mouth through the pharynx. The DVD format makes this tool accessible without a computer and should be reasonably easy to use for anyone who has used DVDs at home. Swallowing Disorders, the subject of the second review, is an interactive CD-ROM that allows the user a great deal of flexibility in selecting the type of information to be reviewed (e.g., the normal swallow) and the presentation modality (e.g., endoscopic or fluorographic videos). The Swallowing Disorders program requires a computer, but should also be easy to use for anyone familiar with the basic point and click electronic interface. The reviews below highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each of the programs, and should be helpful to clinicians, professors, and students considering purchasing an electronic educational product.