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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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • 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, quizzes)
  • 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.

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

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Dysphagia: Overview

  • The swallowing process and causes of swallowing difficulties
  • Signs and symptoms of dysphagia
  • Conditions associated with dysphagia
  • The role of healthcare professionals (HCP) in dysphagia

Week 2: Oral Formulations and Medicines Management

  • Understanding different oral formulations
  • How solid dose formulations work
  • Guidelines on the medication management of adults with swallowing difficulties
  • Tampering with medication

Week 3: Medicines Law, Unlicensed Medicines & Patients Rights

  • Dysphagia: prescribing law
  • Licensed and unlicensed medicines
  • Patient rights

Week 4: Medication Taking Behaviour

  • Adherence
  • Management of non-adherent behaviour
  • The role of adherence in dysphagia

Week 5: Ageing and Dysphagia

  • Changes associated with ageing
  • Management of multiple medicines

Week 6: Swallowing Difficulties in Young Age

  • Managing the medication for the younger person
  • Factors to consider when prescribing to the young population
  • Considerations when using oral formulations

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

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.

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

Rina Matala

I am a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a Community Pharmacist. I am the Dysphagia MOOC co-ordinator.

Richard Griffith

Senior Lecturer - Healthlaw Swansea University
Richard has a particular interest in applied law and has published widely in a range of nursing, pharmacy and medical journals.

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.

Supporters

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What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • 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, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $99 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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