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.
Article Information
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: Received March 8, 2008 , Accepted August 14, 2008
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2009, Vol. 18, 124-132. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/08-0017)
History: Received March 8, 2008; Accepted August 14, 2008
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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.

Acknowledgments
The CAPE-V was developed under the auspices of ASHA Special Interest Division 3, Voice and Voice Disorders following the Consensus Meeting on Auditory-Perceptual Assessment of Voice Disorders held at the University of Pittsburgh, June 10–11, 2002. Funds for support for this meeting came from Division 3 and the University of Pittsburgh. The initial version of the CAPE-V was posted on the Division 3 Web site in late 2002 and has been available to division affiliates since that time. The form and protocol included in this article as Appendices B and C have been modified slightly from the initial version. The authors thank Leslie Glaze for her unwavering support for the publication of this article and critical feedback at important junctures. We also acknowledge, with gratitude, the comments and suggestions of all of the attendees at the consensus meeting, and editorial suggestions for the article made by Richard Peach.
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