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.

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

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.

Full NCM® Transition to IDDSI Framework by October 2021

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. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association jointly supported May 1, 2019 as the official launch date for IDDSI implementation in the United States.

It is imperative that all healthcare providers globally implement IDDSI, both to ensure patient safety and to maintain current standards of practice. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is pleased to announce beginning October 2021, IDDSI will be the only texture-modified diet recognized by NCM®. The National Dysphagia Diet and associated resources will no longer be included in the NCM® past October 2021.
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.