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Briefing Paper: What do we know about supporting people with learning disabilities who have dysphagia (difficulty in eating, drinking or swallowing)?

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Dysphagia (difficulty in eating, drinking or swallowing) can lead to many health problems. One of the most important of these is aspiration pneumonia. This can lead to death. The best estimates suggest that around 1 in 10 people with learning disabilities have dysphagia1,2. This briefing outlines evidence on supporting people with learning disabilities who have dysphagia. This is based on a systematic review of 47 research studies published from 1990 to 20153. The review highlighted a number of issues about supporting people with learning disabilities who have dysphagia.

Author
Robertson, J
Chadwick, D.D
Baines, S
Emerson, E
Hatton, C

Reference
Robertson, J, Chadwick, D.D., Baines, S. Emerson, E. and Hatton, C. (2016). Briefing Paper: What do we know about supporting people with learning disabilities who have dysphagia (difficulty in eating, drinking or swallowing)? Public Health England. [PHE publications gateway number: 2015757]