IDDSI

IDDSI - International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative

In August 2017, the BDA and the RCSLT surveyed members of their organisations to gain insights in to whether the adoption of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) would be beneficial. Both surveys concluded that
they would support the new framework. IDDSI is the international standardised terminology and definitions for texture modified foods and thickened liquids for people with dysphagia. The framework consists of a continuum of eight levels (0-7) and includes descriptors, testing
methods and evidence for both liquid thickness and food texture levels. Since October 2017, both the BDA and RCSLT have been working to raise awareness of the new framework with a view to adoption and implementation between April 2018 and April 2019. The new framework promotes the use of IDDSI
compliant products, foods and labels from April 2018, meaning manufacturers are currently revising their products to align with the framework. Training and guidance for healthcare professionals and carers will be required to ensure correct implementation of the new framework, with ongoing support to
ensure competency continues. More information can be found at iddsi.org/ or www.bda.uk.com/professional/practice/international_dysphagia_diet_standardisation_initiative_framework

You can also read our article by Amanda Mostyn DYSPHAGIA: AN UPDATE ON CURRENT PRACTICE written by a Dietitian for Dietitians