Fidelity to the Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Analysis of Voice (CAPE-V): A Pilot Study

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Journal of voice


OBJECTIVES: Auditory-perceptual measurements of voice are among the most common diagnostic tools used during a voice evaluation and are considered a gold standard for documenting voice disorders. The goal of this pilot study was to examine the fidelity of clinicians in the administration of the Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice (CAPE-V) and its published protocol. This investigation aimed to determine how the CAPE-V is being used by clinicians and researchers and the extent to which users deviate from the published procedure.


METHODS: Data were collected by surveying a group (N = l7) of speech-language pathologists who regularly evaluate and treat patients with voice disorders. Survey results revealed that few of the sampled speech-language pathologists follow exactly the standardized instructions for administering the CAPE-V. Considerable variability in CAPE-V administration, including tasks and stimuli examined, was found across respondents.

CONCLUSIONS: This exploratory project may be used to develop a larger national survey study investigating fidelity to the CAPE-V and to motivate recommendations for possible revisions to the instrument and its protocol for administration.

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ePub ahead of print