International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative

In recent years, a number of countries have worked to develop dysphagia diet standards at regional or national levels. Unfortunately all these standards use different terminology, labels, numbers and levels which adds to the confusion for individuals and caregivers as well as health professionals and researchers. Individuals with dysphagia who are on a modified texture diet may find that their diet may be called one thing in hospital, which may be different in the rehabilitation facility or may be different from the label used in another province or even country. The development of international standards will address this particular issue.

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative created global standardized terminology and definitions for texture-modified foods and thickened liquids to improve the safety and care for individuals with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, which affects an estimated 560 million people worldwide. Learn more about the IDDSI Framework.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association together support May 1, 2019, as the official launch date for IDDSI implementation in the United States. The announcement was made at the 2018 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

Recognizing that total IDDSI implementation will take time and effort, the Academy and ASHA are fully committed to supporting its members during their transition. Members are encouraged to frequently check with the Academy and ASHA for additional education opportunities and resources.

IDDSI Boot Camp
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recently announced support of the implementation of a global initiative to standardize diets for the treatment of people who suffer from swallowing disorders. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative is slated to launch in the United States on May 1, 2019.

The Academy has created a monthly, step-by-step IDDSI Boot Camp that empowers dietitians to lead the charge of program implementation in their facilities. The boot camp will include monthly emails providing concrete tasks and timelines to guide implementation in your facility. The suggested tasks reference the complete implementation guides.

United States IDDSI Implementation: What Does it All Mean?
This presentation discusses IDDSI framework terminology, testing methods and the important steps needed for full IDDSI implementation.

Note: The webinar recording/viewing will require a live internet connection to play as it will stream directly via the WebEx system

2017 FNCE Session on IDDSI
Listen to a session recording from FNCE® 2017 titled "International Dysphagia Standardization Initiative (IDDSI): USA and Global Readiness" delivered by IDDSI Co-Chair Peter Lam, RD and board member Dr. Luis Riquelme SLP. This activity is free and approved for 1.5 CPEU.

Nutrition Care Manual
The Nutrition Care Manual "Diet Manual" has been updated to reflect the IDDSI framework and is a great resource to help with your facility's transition. Note: A subscription is required to view the "Diet Manual" and other sections of the Nutrition Care Manual.

IDDSI.org
The IDDSI website provides information on the framework, testing methods, FAQ and implementation resources. The site also produces a monthly newsletter containing the latest news in the IDDSI community.

electronic Nutrition Care Process Terminology
The eNCPT nutrition intervention terminology was updated in 2017 to reflect the diet concepts developed by IDDSI. You can review these terms in the eNCPT. Note: An eNCPT subscription is required to view the terminology.