Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

M.Sc. in Speech Language Pathology


Department of Speech and Hearing

First Advisor

Dr. Deepa N Devadiga

Third Advisor

Dysphagia, quality of life, stroke


ABSTRACTPurpose. There are limited studies that have reported the psychosocial impact of dysphagiausing the Kannada version of DHI among the stroke survivors. The aim of this study is toassess Dysphagia related QOL using DHI in Stroke Survivors.Method. Eighty five stroke survivors were recruited based on the inclusion and exclusioncriteria. Two weeks after NG tube removal, the participants were asked to fill the DHI –Kquestionnaire and rate their self-perceived severity of dysphagia. The data was analysed usingSPSS version 20.0 . Descriptive statistics analysis was used. Spearman correlation coefficientwas used to assess the relationship between the subscales of DHI-K, total DHI-K scores andself-perceived dysphagia severity rating.Results. Higher prevalence of post stroke dysphagia was observed among the middle agedpopulation with number of males being higher than females. Most individuals reportednormal, mild or moderate severity of dysphagia. Individuals who were on NG tube for alonger duration and those with secondary and tertiary stroke reported greater severity of self-perceived dysphagia. Correlation between subscales of DHI and self-perceived severity wasanalysed using Spearman correlation and was found to very moderately high.Conclusion. Dysphagia handicap Scale must be used as a priority in routine health-carepractices in order to assess the swallowing functions in post stroke survivors. It is importantthat we consider using tools appropriate to their linguistic and cultural backgrounds.