Clinical Focus  |   May 2009
Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice: Development of a Standardized Clinical Protocol
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gail B. Kempster
    Rush University, Chicago
  • Bruce R. Gerratt
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Katherine Verdolini Abbott
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Robert E. Hillman
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Contact author: Gail B. Kempster, Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, 203 Senn, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail: gail_b_kempster@rush.edu.
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 2009
Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice: Development of a Standardized Clinical Protocol
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology May 2009, Vol.18, 124-132. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/08-0017)
History: Accepted 14 Aug 2008 , Received 08 Mar 2008
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology May 2009, Vol.18, 124-132. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/08-0017)
History: Accepted 14 Aug 2008 , Received 08 Mar 2008

Purpose: This article presents the development of the Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice (CAPE-V) following a consensus conference on perceptual voice quality measurement sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division 3, Voice and Voice Disorders. The CAPE-V protocol and recording form were designed to promote a standardized approach to evaluating and documenting auditory-perceptual judgments of vocal quality.

Method: A summary of the consensus conference proceedings and the factors considered by the authors in developing this instrument are included.

Conclusion: The CAPE-V form and instructions, included as appendices to this article, enable clinicians to document perceived voice quality deviations following a standard (i.e., consistent and specified) protocol.

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