Dysphagia in motor neurone disease
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Dysphagia in motor neurone disease

Jane Skelton Regional Care Adviser, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, Northamptonshire

Continuing Education articles are run in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing Institute of Advanced Nursing Education to help you earn continuing education points (CEPs). All you have to do is read through the article, follow the instructions in the Time Out boxes, then answer the assessment questions that follow. Fill out the enclosed answer sheet and return it to the Freepost address with your fee by July 6 (September 6 if living abroad). By successfully completing the assessment, you will gain 5 CEPs. This article looks at the problem of dysphagia in motor neurone disease

Aim and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to explore the nurse's role in meeting the needs of patients with dysphagia in motor neurone disease (MND), and that of their carers. Having completed the article and worked through the activities, the nurse should be able to:

Give a brand definition of MND, and dysphagia in particular

State the physiological and psychological implications

Discuss the general management of a patient with this condition

Understand the role of surgical intervention J Explain how symptoms can be controlled

Debate the ethical issues in MND

Nursing Standard. 8, 37, 57-64. doi: 10.7748/ns.8.37.57.s57

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