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Online course

Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines

This course will enhance the knowledge of any person involved in the administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines

Why join the course?

The course offers an opportunity to network with other learners and with the creators of the course through discussions, graphs and social networking features and to share knowledge with other learners and professionals. By completing this online course participants will be able to describe:

  • the swallowing process and different causes of swallowing problems

  • the different types of medicines formulations and how these should be administered to patients

  • how tablets and capsules are designed to ensure that drugs are appropriately distributed in the body

  • special considerations which need to be taken into account when giving medicines to older people and children

  • the law relating to the selection and administration of medicines

  • how best to administer medicines to patients with dysphagia

You can use the hashtag #FLswallowMed to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

We look forward to seeing you on the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Definition and causes of dysphagia
  • How to improve medicines administration for patients with dysphagia
  • Supporting patients with dysphagia to take their medicines
  • Different medicine formulations and the important considerations for patients with dysphagia
  • Legal and ethical considerations when administering medicines to patients with dysphagia
  • Standardising the approach to reviewing medicines in patients with dysphagia

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Describe the swallowing process and different causes of swallowing problems.
  • Describe the different types of medicines formulations and how these should be administered to patients.
  • Describe how tablets and capsules are designed to ensure that drugs are appropriately distributed in the body.
  • Describe special considerations which need to be taken into account when giving medicines to older people and children.
  • Describe the special considerations which are required to administer medicines via enteral tubes.
  • Describe the law relating to the selection and administration of medicines.
  • Describe how best to administer medicines to patients with dysphagia.

Who is the course for?

There are no requirements for this course, other than an interest in swallowing difficulties and medicines. The course will be of particular interest to carers, nurses and those in the field of medicine

Who will you learn with?

David Wright

Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia. Research interests include the management of medicines and their administration to patients with dysphagia

Who developed the course?

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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