Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines - FREE COURSE

Provider: FutureLearn
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Description This free online course starts on 20 July. This course will enhance the knowledge of any person involved in the administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia. It offers an opportunity to network with other learners and with the creators of the course through discussions, graphs and social networking features and to share knowledge with other learners and professionals.
Duration 6 weeks

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

By completing this online course participants will be able to describe:

  • the swallowing process and different causes of swallowing problems

  • the different types of medicines formulations and how these should be administered to patients

  • how tablets and capsules are designed to ensure that drugs are appropriately distributed in the body

  • special considerations which need to be taken into account when giving medicines to older people and children

  • the law relating to the selection and administration of medicines

  • how best to administer medicines to patients with dysphagia

You can use the hashtag #FLswallowMed to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

We look forward to seeing you on the course.

Evidence underpinning this approach

This course has been developed by FutureLearn and the University of East Anglia. The lead educater is David Wright, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia. Research interests include the management of medicines and their administration to patients with dysphagia.

How users/participants can evaluate success

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised, printed certificate to show that you’ve taken part.

Follow-up activities and support

Use the hashtag #FLswallowMed to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.


This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.