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Research team explores videofluoroscopy practice

22 May, 2020

Radiographers are being asked to respond to a survey exploring videofluoroscopy practice.

A multi-disciplinary team led by speech and language therapist Dr Elizabeth Boaden from the University of Central Lancashire and diagnostic radiographer Professor Julie Nightingale from Sheffield Hallam University, are exploring international and professional variations in videofluoroscopy practice for the assessment of swallowing problems.

The team's combined experience of delivering videofluoroscopy CPD courses has highlighted a high level of variation in practice and gaps in knowledge which make evidence informed decisions challenging.

Working in partnership with Carl Bradbury, GI advanced practitioner at University Hospitals of North Midlands, and researchers Lucy Hives and Rachel Georgiou, the group held a systematic review of videofluoroscopy guidelines, which identified seven worldwide, with none being recommended for practice without significant revision. The findings were published in the May issue of Radiography journal.   

With the input of a steering group which includes expert GI radiographers Saminah Yunis, Brigid Rowley and Rachel Bilton, the team has now progressed to a survey of radiographers and radiologists to explore videofluoroscopy practice in the UK and Ireland. 

The survey findings will provide the team with an understanding of how VFSS is currently practised and will inform the design of evidence-based guidelines with the aim of benefiting both patients and health care professionals.

The survey deadline is 29 June.

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