Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) conservatively affects approximately 8% of the world’s population – that is a sobering 98,931,680 individuals from the developed world. Dysphagia affects individuals across the life-span with the young and elderly being most frequently affected. It is estimated that approximately 60 – 75% of people in care homes and 22% of the world’s population over the age of 55 years are affected by dysphagia. There is growing evidence to show that the prevalence of dysphagia in babies and children is increasing due to advances in medical care for children with disabilities and higher survival rates of premature babies.
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