Friday, July 12, 2013
The 4th International Course on Oropharyngeal Dysphagia was held on June 5-7, 2013, at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) in Canada. The educational course provided a unique opportunity to strengthen the knowledge and network of promising clinicians. This practical and didactic program was solely sponsored and organized by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute. Participants (65 total, from 13 countries) learned evidence-based methods of dysphagia patient management.
Dysphagia is a growing issue and is a young and fast-developing science. Clinical complications and associated healthcare costs arise when the condition is poorly managed or undiagnosed. Thus, educating multidisciplinary clinicians on the state-of-the-art in dysphagia patient care enables them to build competencies and acquire practical knowledge to help patients live well with dysphagia.
Novel features were included in this 4th annual course. A former dysphagia patient of the TRI described an inspiring story of her condition, treatment, and recovery. A special dinner followed, thanks to Canadian celebrity, Chef Bonnie Stern. Dysphagia friendly cocktails, appetizers, and desserts were served, and Bonnie presented tips for maintaining the pleasures of eating among those with dysphagia. These activities focused the attending clinicians on the importance of patient-centered care by a dedicated multidisciplinary team.