The Thickened Liquid Challenge
By Lucy Lopez
Two San Fransisco based palliative care physicians took to social media with a unique campaign: they challenged medical professionals to put themselves in their patients’ shoes….by drinking a cup of thickened liquids.
The effectiveness of a thickened liquid diet may be thin, but it’s commonly prescribed to Alzheimer’s and stroke patients who have difficulty swallowing. More than awareness and donations for geriatrics and palliative care charities, the thickened liquid challenge has started an important conversation among medical professionals.