Understanding the Adverse Outcomes Associated with Thickened Liquid use in Adults

Diet texture modification is currently a primary strategy used by speech-language pathologists for dysphagia management. However, a growing body of research indicates that there is a wide range of adverse outcomes associated with their use, such as reduced quality of life, dehydration, and aspiration. This seminar offers a forum for dysphagia clinicians to review and discuss the current research evidence related to the use of thickened liquids, and plan for how to adapt clinical practice. Strategies for mitigating the negative consequences of thickened liquids and best practices for assessment and decision-making will be presented for interactive discussion.