Dysphagia is a dysfunction of the swallowing act and is highly prevalent in acute post-stroke patients and patients with chronic neurological diseases. Dysphagia is associated with several potentially life threatening complications. Thus, an early identification and treatment could reduce morbidity and mortality rates.
The aim of the study was to develop a multivariable model predicting the individual risk of dysphagia in hospitalized patients.
We trained different machine learning algorithms on the electronic health records of over 33,000 patients.
The tree-based Random Forest Classifier and Adaboost Classifier algorithms achieved an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.94.
The developed models outperformed previously published models predicting dysphagia. In future, an implementation in the clinical workflow is needed to determine the clinical benefit.
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