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Thickened fluids: Investigation of users' experiences and perceptions.

Smith, CH; Jebson, EM; Hanson, B; (2014) Thickened fluids: Investigation of users' experiences and perceptions. Clin Nutr , 33 (1) pp. 171-174. 10.1016/j.clnu.2013.10.012. Green open access

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Abstract

Background & aims: Fluid thickeners are an important and commonly-used strategy to manage swallowing difficulties however there are no reports of the perceptions and experiences of parents of children using thickeners. Methods: Semi-structured interviews of 14 parents having a child using fluid thickeners due to swallowing difficulties. Results: Parents reported improvements in quality of life and health through the use of thickeners. They also reported persistent difficulties in the use of thickeners. Conclusions: Results showed unanimous goodwill and positive attitudes towards thickeners and their observed benefits, tempered by common difficulties with thickeners (variability and unpredictability). There remains scope for improvements of commercial thickeners and in information conveyed to users.

Type: Article
Title: Thickened fluids: Investigation of users' experiences and perceptions.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2013.10.012
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2013.10.012
Additional information: ©� 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. All rights reserved. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Children, Fluid thickeners, Health, Modified diets, Quality of life
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1415917
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