The prevalence of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders is high in the special needs population. Videofluoroscopic feeding studies (VFFS) are used to assess feeding, but the accurate interpretation of VFFS depends on consistent use of terminology for describing a physiological swallow. No consensus exists regarding the terminology used for reporting VFFS findings.
The goal of this study was to achieve consensus among pediatric therapists on definitions for terminology used to describe the results of VFFS.
Using a Delphi process, therapists from British Columbia rated definitions most appropriate for each term. They also were asked to add definitions that they thought would more accurately describe the terms. FINDINGS. Consensus was achieved on at least one definition for each of the terms used to describe the results of VFFS.
Accurate interpretation of swallowing issues may improve the care of infants and children with feeding and swallowing difficulties.