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Development of a minimum protocol for assessment in the paediatric voice clinic : Part 1: Evaluating vocal function

Cohen, Wendy and Wynne, David McGregor and Kubba, Haytham and McCartney, Elspeth (2012) Development of a minimum protocol for assessment in the paediatric voice clinic : Part 1: Evaluating vocal function. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 37 (1). pp. 33-38. ISSN 1401-5439

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The European Laryngological Society (ELS) recommend that functional assessment of voice disorder in adults requires evaluation of a number of different parameters. The current paper presents a discussion of four of the five parameters highlighted in the ELS protocol: perceptual evaluation of voice, videostroboscopic examination, evaluation of aerodynamic performance in voice, and acoustic analysis. Subjective rating of voice in children is explored in a companion paper. These parameters have been extensively evaluated in adults, and a review of the literature pertaining to the paediatric population is presented.