Link between healthcare use and eating drinking and swallowing difficulties in people with learning disabilities


Estimates suggest that dysphagia affects 8% of all adults with learning disabilities and that 15% require some form of mealtime support.

Here we report on a study that set out to look at the association between the need for support with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties and the use of primary and secondary healthcare services.

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Study estimates prevalence of need for mealtime support for people with learning disabilities in the UK


Mealtimes are important occasions for many people with learning disabilities, offering opportunities for social interaction as well as nourishment, they can also carry significant health risks. There has been a good deal of research on dysphagia. or difficulty in swallowing, but the authors of this study were keen to explore the range of difficulties that [read the full story…]