Description and Objectives

The purpose of World Swallowing Day is to have a worldwide awareness campaign, directed at health care professionals as well as the public, to increase knowledge about swallowing disorders, their causes, early detection, complications and management.

The European Society for Swallowing Disorders, ESSD, participates in World Swallowing Day by conducting a short survey to collect data on how many patients are screened and/or assessed for oropharyngeal dysphagia during the week around World Swallowing Day (this year from Monday 9 to Friday 13 December, 2019), what screening and assessment tools are used, what type of patients are screened and assessed and how oropharyngeal dysphagia is reported. In addition to collecting useful information, ESSD promotes the use of ICD codes for dysphagia in medical reports, to increase the visibility of the condition.

The ESSD Survey World Swallowing Day has been run annually since 2014, with a pilot survey held in 2011.  The survey is now offered in eleven languages and answered by dysphagia practitioners all around the world.