Effects of Brief and Intensive Therapy for Dysphagia in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer during Radio-Chemotherapy: A Pilot Study

Effects of Brief and Intensive Therapy for Dysphagia in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer during Radio-Chemotherapy: A Pilot Study

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Q: Is the topic relevant to the journal's area of interest? Is it contemporary and interesting for researchers?

A: Good


Abstract & Keywords

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A: Good



Q: Is the goal explicitly stated in the Introduction? Is its formulation clear and unambiguous?

A: Good



Q: Is the paper's structure coherent? Is it in coherence with the goal of the paper?

A: Good


Tools and Methods

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A: Good


Discussion & Conclusion

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A: Good


Comments: The Discussion elaborates the detailed account of the randomized clinical trial showing effects of brief and intensive therapy (BIT) for dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) during radio-chemotherapy (RCT) compared to speech therapy. Studies also discussed about the negative impact of patients in the treatment of HNC providing relevant literature. The Conclusion highlights that the BIT programme has been effective in the maintenance of swallowing aspects, mouth opening, oral intake and quality of life. The authors pointed out that individuals undergoing therapeutic program had higher functional responses.



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A: Good


Author's knowledge

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A: Good



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A: Good


Figures & Tables

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A: Good


Writing style

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A: Good


Comments: There are few errors found in the manuscript which are as follows:

·       In Objective under Abstract, The sentence “Verify the effectiveness of a Brief and Intensive Dysphagia Therapy…” must start with ‘To’.

·       The word ‘edema’ has been misspelled as ‘edemra’.


Further comments on the paper

Comments: The randomized clinical trial aimed to verify the effectiveness of brief and intensive dysphagia therapy programme among patients suffering from head and neck cancer during radio-chemotherapy. The research provided the detailed research study conducted, followed by relevant results of the study. Further, the authors reported that Brief and intensive therapy presented superior results to the maintenance and/or rehabilitation of the swallowing mechanism in patients.


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A: Yes - Suitable to be published

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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Elana de Menezes Rossetto
Department of Speech Language Pathology, Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Article Info

Article Type
Research Article
Publication history
Received: Tue 20, Sep 2022
Accepted: Tue 11, Oct 2022
Published: Mon 24, Oct 2022
© 2023 Elana de Menezes Rossetto. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.IJCST.2022.04.04