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Online hub addresses gap in dysphagia training

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A new online training and support tool to help care for people with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) has been launched by Nestlé Health Science.

The healthcare hub, which features support tools and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, has been developed following research showing 56% of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) believe a lack of online resources is a key obstacle to helping understand and treat dysphagia.

Caroline Hill, Medical Affairs Dietitian for Nestlé Health Science, said: “The new Nestlé Health Science hub is a one stop online destination for both training resources and support tools for use with carers and patients.

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“Our research shows that there is a real need for online resources to help HCPs understand what it means to live with dysphagia, and support SLTs – this online platform provides a variety of resources and tools for HCPs, SLT’s and carers to use.”

The Nestlé Health Science hub also includes education and support for healthcare professionals focussing on adult enteral nutrition, paediatric food allergies and paediatric neurological disorders.

Dysphagia affects 14% of the over 50s and it is estimated that 8 out of 10 patients with Parkinson’s disease, and 1/3 to 2/3 stroke patients, develop the condition.

Visit the online HCP hub: www.nestlehealthscience.co.uk/hub

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The author Lee Peart

2 Comments

  1. What is your reference for the claim that 56% of Speech and Language Therapists believe that a lack of online resources is a key obstacle to helping understand and treat dysphagia?

    1. Hi Janne,

      Thanks for your enquiry. The stat comes from Nestle at this source: Nestle Health Science Data on File 2016.

      Best Wishes,

      Lee

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