– By Siri Burke, Speech Pathologist at Optimum Health Solutions Sylvania.
International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDIS)
If you or someone in your life has dysphagia (problems with eating and swallowing) you may have noticed some changes in terminology and labelling over the last 12 months.
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) is a framework introduced in 2019 to standardise the way food and fluid textures are categorized. It’s the result of years of research and international consultation, and is designed to make the whole confusing process as simple and precise as possible.
The IDDSI framework consists of a continuum of 8 levels (0-7), where drinks are measured from Levels 0 – 4, while foods are measured from Levels 3 – 7.