Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines – Free Online Course

An online friend thought this Future Learn online course might be of interest to some of our group members.  It’s about administering medications to someone with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).  This course is for healthcare professionals and family caregivers.  There is no charge to participate.  The details are below.



Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines

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

Why join the course?
Share knowledge about swallowing difficulties and medicines with other learners and professionals. This course offers an opportunity to network with other learners and with the educators through discussions and social networking features.

Duration:  6 weeks
2 hours per week
FREE online 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

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.