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How Do We Define Comfort PO?



PRESENTER: Paula Leslie, PhD, MA (Bioethics), CCC-SLP, FRCSLT

AUDIENCE: Suitable for graduate students to the most experienced clinician

Description: “Comfort measures” is a phrase seen in charts, uttered by professionals, and used with varying
meanings in our world of eating, drinking, and swallowing issues. What does the word comfort mean?

During this webinar we will review comfort in health and illness and how it relates to eating, drinking, and swallowing. The role of the SLP (and others) will be considered across settings. Critically the perspective of the patient at the heart of our care will be shared so the defining voice may be heard.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the webinar learners will be able to:
1) discuss use of the term “comfort” in relation to eating, drinking, and swallowing issues
2) rationalize use of the term “food & drink” vs. “nutrition & hydration”
3) support their patient to identify eating and drinking preferences for shared decision making


Dr. Leslie maintains full clinical licenses in the USA and UK where she is a Professional Adviser to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She is the academic author of the 2021 RCSLT National Pre-registration Competencies in Eating, Drinking, and Swallowing. She is a member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, SIG 13, SIG 15 Professional Development Committee, the Scientific Chair of the UK Swallow Research Group, and a member of the Dysphagia Research Society. Her interests include the process of clinical decision making, health professionals’ education and non-traditional routes to advanced clinical training. She publishes and provides continuing education from grassroots to international level and across the health professions on complex clinical decision making, ethics and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations. Currently working part time in the UK NHS Mass Vaccination Programme

This webinar is 1 hour and available for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) – formerly known as Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs). Certificate of Completion is available upon request at the end of the webinar. For More information on Professional Development Hours: https://www.asha.org/certification/factdef/


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