Standardization of Dysphagia Diet Terminology across the Lifespan: An International Perspective Dysphagia as a field is within its third decade. As part of the progress of any field, specialist terminology is developed to improve efficiencies of communication and remove ambiguity. The most commonly reported benefits of standardized terminology include improvements in patient safety, and enhanced inter and intra-professional communication. Indeed standardized ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2014
Standardization of Dysphagia Diet Terminology across the Lifespan: An International Perspective
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Julie A.Y. Cichero
    Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, Australia
    School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland, Queensland Australia
  • Financial Disclosure: Julie A.Y. Cichero is a Senior Speech Pathologist at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.
    Financial Disclosure: Julie A.Y. Cichero is a Senior Speech Pathologist at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Julie A.Y. Cichero is Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia and has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Julie A.Y. Cichero is Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia and has previously published in the subject area.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / International & Global / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2014
Standardization of Dysphagia Diet Terminology across the Lifespan: An International Perspective
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2014, Vol. 23, 166-172. doi:10.1044/sasd23.4.166
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2014, Vol. 23, 166-172. doi:10.1044/sasd23.4.166

Dysphagia as a field is within its third decade. As part of the progress of any field, specialist terminology is developed to improve efficiencies of communication and remove ambiguity. The most commonly reported benefits of standardized terminology include improvements in patient safety, and enhanced inter and intra-professional communication. Indeed standardized terminology reaches further than clinical impact, providing research scientists with a common language for reporting research that will cyclically go on to have a clinical impact. Although there are many benefits to standardized terminology, there are also challenges and barriers. There are a number of areas where the field of dysphagia could benefit from standardized terminology. The focus of this paper is on one of the corner stones of dysphagia intervention, that of the language used to describe thickened liquids and texture modified foods. This paper outlines the benefits and challenges of standardization and describes the rationale for an international initiative to develop global definitions and terminology for texture modified foods and thickened liquids suitable across the age span, care settings, and cultures. Early involvement of all stakeholders and robust discussion is critical to the success of developing standardized terminology.

Acknowledgement
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative Inc. (IDDSI) is an independent, nonprofit entity. IDDSI is grateful to a number of industry partners for their financial support of the initiative as noted on the IDDSI website. Industry was not involved with the design, development, writing, or approval of this manuscript. This article was submitted on behalf of The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (Co-Chair Peter Lam. Committee: Jianshe Chen, Roberto Dantas, Janice Duivestein, Ben Hanson, Jun Kayashita, Caroline Lecko, Joe Murray, Mershen Pillay, Soenke Stanchus, and Catriona Steele).
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