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The effect of a citrus tastant on pill swallowing

dc.contributor.advisorSonies, Barbara Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorAlbert, Amy Bethen_US
dc.description.abstractIf using a sweetened citrus tastant (i.e., a chemical that stimulates the taste buds and produces a sense of taste) to coat a pill could make swallowing pills easier, this could have a considerable positive impact on the ability to swallow pills in healthy adults and on those with identified swallowing difficulties who need to take a variety of oral medications. In this study, it was predicted that pills would be cleared from the pharynx more quickly and efficiently if a pill was coated with a tastant. Thus, the following study examined the effect of a pleasant citrus tastant on pill swallowing in healthy individuals (7 male; 17 female) aged 19-49 years (M = 27.83 years). Durational measures of swallowing were obtained from real-time ultrasound images of the oropharyngeal swallow. It was hypothesized that swallow durations would be shortest for citrus-coated tablets, followed by water swallows and then plain pills. Although results from statistical analyses did not support a quicker oropharyngeal swallow for one stimulus over another, rationale for lack of significant findings, such as a ceiling effect for healthy pill swallowing, are provided.en_US
dc.titleThe effect of a citrus tastant on pill swallowingen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentHearing and Speech Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHealth Sciences, Speech Pathologyen_US

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