There have been several attempts to standardize the definitions of a modified diet, ranging from no restrictions, to severe restrictions, and everything in between. One of the most frequent complaints about any modification to a patient’s diet is that each individual Speech–Language pathologist (SLP) may have his or her own definition of what any specific adjustment is (i.e., honey-thick liquid may mean one thing to one SLP and a different thing to another). Nursing homes and others who care for patients with a modified diet have sometimes been at a loss to understand exactly how to prepare any specific modification. This entry provides an overview of the history of the treatment of dysphagia, including modified diet, then explores the National Dysphagia Diet standard and International ...

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