Swallowing Disorders Core Group

Swallowing Disorders Core Group of IAPEN

Adopted from The European Society for Swallowing Disorders, ESSD (http://www.myessd.org/wsd.php)
World Swallowing Day - IAPEN

The European Society for Swallowing Disorders is an association of and for health care providers working, doing research and studying in the field of dysphagia and swallowing disorders. The Society has been built on the former European Study Group for Dysphagia and Globus and is a formally registered, nonprofit, international association.

History and Significance

The European Society for Swallowing Disorders, ESSD, participates in World Swallowing Day by conducting a short survey to collect data on how many patients are screened/assessed for oropharyngeal dysphagia, what screening/assessment tools are used, what type of patients are screened and how oropharyngeal dysphagia is reported. In addition to collecting useful information on screening and diagnosis, ESSD promotes the use of ICD codes for dysphagia in medical reports, to increase the visibility of the condition.

The purpose of World Swallowing Day is to have a worldwide awareness campaign directed at health care professionals as well as the public to increase knowledge about normal swallowing and swallowing disorders, their causes, early detection, complications and management.

World Swallowing Day was initiated on December 12, 2011 by Ass.Prof. Mohamed Farahat (MD, PhD) from the Research Chair of Voice, Swallowing, and Communication Disorders (RCVASD), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Union of European Phoniatricians (UEP) joined WSD in 2013 and it was celebrated with activities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai and Germany.

The ESSD started to work towards having a Dysphagia Day also in 2011, with a pilot survey on screening and assessment for oropharyngeal dysphagia. Talks were held with dysphagia associations from Canada, Brazil and Japan with the intention of making it a global movement recognized by WHO. ESSD is now working towards merging these two initiatives with a common purpose under the banner World Swallowing Day.

IAPEN World Swallowing Day Survey

IAPEN India First World Swallowing Day Survey

IAPEN is happy to promote European Society for Swallowing Disorders by announcing Month Long World Swallowing Day Survey for the first time in India with the help and support from Sreemathy Venkatraman, Hon Secretary, IAPEN Bangalore Chapter, Karnataka, India.

This year, 2018, IAPEN is planning to conduct month long survey starting from December 12 2018 to January 12 2019.

Website Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6SZ96HN

How to do the survey?

Doctors, dietitians, nurses and other health-care providers can click the above survey link and participate in India's first World Swallowing Day Survey.

How to join IAPEN Swallowing Disorders Core Group?

IAPEN life members or any individual interested in this core group can contact Sreemathy Venkatraman (iapenbangalore@gmail.com or Mob: 0091 9880842068) for more information about joining this core group.

About Dysphagia or Swallowing Difficulty

Dysphagia or swallowing difficulty can be seen in the following conditions:

Multiple sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
Brain Tumors
Myasthenia Gravis
Cleft lip palate and cerebral palsy
Head and neck cancers
Radiotherapy treatment
Esophagitis due to Tuberculosis

There are 3 main ways oropharyngeal dysphagia is managed to make eating and drinking as safe as possible:

• swallowing therapy
• dietary changes
• feeding tubes

Dietary changes play a key role in preventing malnutrition in these patients.

This survey is circulated among dietitians, nutritionists swallowing therapists and speech therapists to better understand the scenario that is currently practiced in many clinical settings.