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Instrumentation in Voice Assessment and Treatment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Alison Behrman
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York
  • Robert F. Orlikoff
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • Contact author: Alison Behrman, PhD, Voice and Laryngeal Institute, Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
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Instrumentation in Voice Assessment and Treatment
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 1997, Vol. 6, 9-16. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0604.09
History: Received June 30, 1997 , Accepted September 4, 1997
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 1997, Vol. 6, 9-16. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0604.09
History: Received June 30, 1997; Accepted September 4, 1997

Sophisticated, computer-based instrumentation has become increasingly available to the voice clinician. Yet substantial questions remain regarding its clinical necessity and usefulness. A theoretical model based on the scientific method is developed as a framework that can be used to guide the clinician in the selection and application of instrumental measures. Using the process of hypothesis testing, instrumentation is presented as an integral component of clinical practice. The uses of instrumental measures, and their relevance to long- and short-term treatment goals, are addressed. Clinical examples are presented to illustrate the incorporation of instrumentation and the scientific method into assessment and treatment.

Author Note
Portions of this paper were presented at the 1995 convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Orlando, FL.
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