A series of films designed to provide support for people living with dysphagia has been launched by Nestlé Health Science.
The first in a series of filmed talks from the recent Dysphagia and Quality of Life Study Day is now available for healthcare professionals to access on Nestlé Health Science’s Online CPD Support hub.
The series focuses on sharing best practices to help to better manage and improve the quality of life of patients with dysphagia. Other dysphagia-related resources from the Study Day are also available on Nestlé Health Science’s Online CPD Support Hub.
Chair of the Study Day, Caroline Lecko, Clinical Improvement Manager, NHS Improvement, said: “Nestlé Health Science’s research shows us that there is a real knowledge gap in the dysphagia community in terms of condition management.
“48% of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) say that their patients and carers don’t appreciate that the condition requires daily management and 44% say that it is a real challenge that patients and carers are not able to identify the signs of malnutrition and dehydration linked to dysphagia.
“We’ve heard from a host of inspiring dysphagia experts sharing their knowledge on how patients and carers can bridge this knowledge gap.”
Nestlé Health Science -commissioned research reveals that 56% of SLTs believe a lack of online resources for dysphagia is a key problem in helping them to understand the condition and provide better treatment.
Research also shows that 52% of UK SLTs think that there is limited support for carers available to help patients manage their dysphagia.
The Study Day which was held on 6th July 2017 at London’s Royal Society of Medicine was developed by dysphagia experts and Nestle Health Science to address this lack of support. The objective was to provide SLTs and other HCPs with the tools to improve the quality of dysphagia patient care and patient quality of life.