People with dysphagia and their family members and caregivers report significant changes in quality of life associated with their inability to swallow safely and efficiently. Health care workers often focus on the signs and symptoms of the swallowing impairment, and do not consistently address the sociological and psychological burdens that those impairments impose.
This course will describe the quality of life issues reported by individuals with dysphagia and their caregivers. Participants will be provided with strategies to assess not just the dysphagia, but also its potential social, physical, emotional, psychological impacts. Benefits as well as risks of dietary modifications will be discussed and options for diet liberalization will be provided in a context of supporting individual autonomy. Adherence, health literacy, and potential for self-efficacy will be discussed and suggestions for intervention will be provided.
This Seminar-on-demand is 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- Prevalence of dysphagia
- Impact of disability
- Participation restrictions
- Social research with patients
- Family members
- Functional assessment Aspiration vs aspiration pneumonia assessment
- Impact of cognition
- Modified texture diets
- Thickened liquids
- NPO decision
- Dining Practice Standards
- Diet liberalization
- Thick Liquids – when? Why?
- Decision making capacity
- Adherence Issues
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on the impact of spinal disorders on swallowing.
- Identify factors resulting in negative impact on quality of life in patients with dysphagia
- Discuss the social impact of swallowing impairment on both patients and their caregivers
- Complete an assessment of dysphagia that includes evaluation of both the risks and benefits of potential interventions
- Evaluate pros and cons of diet liberalization for their clients
- Identify and compensate for low health literacy in their clients
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 2
Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists and Nurses
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
The course materials for this webinar are available in our online format available instantly or by mail.
This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).
Financial – Angela Mansolillo receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.