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Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines

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

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Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines

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.

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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?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • 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

What do people say about this course?

"Thank you- I too have done several FutureLearn courses, I have thoroughly enjoyed this course, it has been extremely beneficial, very informative and useful to my practice. A massive thanks to my fellow learners whose comments I have enjoyed reading and participating in discussions. Well done UEA, this has been well structured, easy to follow and interesting content and I will be keeping an eye out for the next course you run."

"It was good to get a basic grasp of the wide ranging physiological problems which can lead to dysphagia in different age groups. I also found the information about pediatric dysphagia to be very useful."

Who will you learn with?

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?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

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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