The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™©) – Innovation, Dissemination and Implementation The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™©) is a standardized method for the assessment of swallowing physiology from videofluoroscopic imaging used by teams of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and radiologists during modified barium swallowing studies (MBSS). The approach is grounded in research and motivated by patient need toward minimizing wide variation ... Article
Article  |   December 21, 2017
The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™©) – Innovation, Dissemination and Implementation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Bonnie Martin-Harris
    Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Kate Humphries
    Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, College of Allied Health Professions, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
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  • Financial: Bonnie Martin-Harris has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kate Humphries has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Bonnie Martin-Harris has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kate Humphries has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Bonnie Martin-Harris has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kate Humphries has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Bonnie Martin-Harris has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kate Humphries has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Part 4
Article   |   December 21, 2017
The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™©) – Innovation, Dissemination and Implementation
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 129-138. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG13.129
History: Received June 2, 2017 , Revised August 22, 2017 , Accepted September 4, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 129-138. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG13.129
History: Received June 2, 2017; Revised August 22, 2017; Accepted September 4, 2017

The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™©) is a standardized method for the assessment of swallowing physiology from videofluoroscopic imaging used by teams of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and radiologists during modified barium swallowing studies (MBSS). The approach is grounded in research and motivated by patient need toward minimizing wide variation in clinical practice and equivocal swallowing assessment findings when attempting to compare assessment results across the continuum of care and between clinical settings. Various methods of scoring are used, which are dependent upon the nature and purpose of the clinical or research question. The MBSImP™© initiated with an National Institute of Health [NIH] supported study has been field tested for 13 years. The standardized method aims to enhance the validity and reliability of swallowing metrics, improve transparency and reproducibility of clinical and research MBSS practices, as well as to optimize patient safety, comfort, expectations, and outcomes. The physiologic study of swallowing impairment using the MBSImP™© has become a program of research that strategically includes a data science initiative using a global registry of quality, safety and outcome metrics.

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