Medical and Surgical Clinical Outcome Review Programme: Dysphagia in Parkinson’s disease

Reports | Published: 12 Aug 2021

The Medical and Surgical Outcome Review Programme has published its Dysphagia in Parkinson’s Disease report, a review into the quality of dysphagia care provided to patients with Parkinson’s disease aged 16 years and over, who were admitted to hospital when acutely unwell.

Based on data collected from hospital admissions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between 7 January and 3 March 2019, the review aims to examine the pathway of care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and explore multidisciplinary care and organisational factors in the process of identifying, screening, assessing, treating and monitoring of their ability to swallow.

Clinicians provided completed questionnaires on 505 patients, of which 30.5% had dysphagia when presenting to hospital. The report also looks at:

  • Assessment of normal diet and fluid intake on admission
  • Referrals to speech and language therapy for swallowing difficulties
  • Specialist Parkinson’s disease services involved in the patient’s care
  • Discharge planning and the information provided on managing swallowing difficulties.

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Medical and Surgical Clinical Outcome Review Programme: Dysphagia in Parkinson’s disease