Assessment of the disordered voice: A roundtable discussion

Rebecca J Leonard, James Paul Dworkin, Robert J. Meleca, Raymond H. Colton, H. A. Leeper, James A. Till

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The array of available instruments and strategies for use in the assessment of patients with voice disorders is impressive, and also formidable. In this roundtable discussion, clinicians are asked to address a number of topics pertinent to this issue. All of the participating authors see large numbers of patients every year, and all practice in large medical centers. The clinicians' collective experience in dealing with dysphonic patients is extensive, and their practices extend over a time period in which the possibilties for evaluating voice disorders have increased several-fold. The authors discuss their own experiences with many of the "old standards" of voice evaluation, as well as with a number of the newer tools. Particular focus is on the authors' own attempts to develop useful, meaningful protocols for the evaluation of voice - the particular measures included and for what reasons, changes in protocols to accommodate particular subgroups of patients, details of data collection and analysis, common pitfalls, and conventions for reporting results. It is hoped that the discussion will be a useful resource for clinicians who are new to voice disorders, as well as for experienced clinicians who have questions about their own current practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-131
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Rehabilitation


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