Why were the descriptors developed?
The descriptors were developed in response to concerns relating to patient safety and a request from industry and in-house caterers for detailed guidance on categories of texture.
What is the rationale for the Descriptors?
The descriptors were developed from both the 2002 British Dietetic Association/Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists National Descriptors for Texture Modification in Adults and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s 2010 interpretation of these original descriptors. The scientific evidence in this field is limited. These descriptors are therefore based on the best available current evidence, on texture descriptors produced internationally, and a consensus of expert opinion. As new evidence emerges these descriptors will need to be amended.