Improving Compliance And Accuracy Of Dosing In Pediatrics And Patients With Dysphagia
1 in 17 people will develop dysphagia, or difficulty or discomfort in swallowing, in their lifetime. Indication specific dysphagia can result from a variety of diseases including stroke, MS, mental health disorders, GERD, and cancers of the throat. Unpleasant taste is the biggest barrier for completing treatment in pediatrics. 26% of geriatric patients reported difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules.
30% to 40% of parents had children who rejected or refused a pill or liquid medication and 50% had children who were unable to swallow a standard size pill or small capsule.1 The failure to swallow pills is a common and important barrier to medication administration for children and their parents.2 Statistics show that almost 60% to 79% of the elderly population will experience some form of swallowing difficulty.3 For many people, it can be a challenge to swallow solid oral medications, even those with healthy swallowing function.4
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