IntroductionTo update the European guidelines for the assessment of voice quality (VQ) in clinical practice.MethodsNineteen laryngologists-phoniatricians of the European Laryngological Society (ELS) and the Union of the European Phoniatricians (UEP) participated to a modified Delphi process to propose statements about subjective and objective VQ assessments. Two anonymized voting rounds determined a consensus statement to be acceptable when 80% of experts agreed with a rating of at least 3/4. The statements with & GE; 3/4 score by 60-80% of experts were improved and resubmitted to voting until they were validated or rejected.ResultsOf the 90 initial statements, 51 were validated after two voting rounds. A multidimensional set of minimal VQ evaluations was proposed and included: baseline VQ anamnesis (e.g., allergy, medical and surgical history, medication, addiction, singing practice, job, and posture), videolaryngostroboscopy (mucosal wave symmetry, amplitude, morphology, and movements), patient-reported VQ assessment (30- or 10-voice handicap index), perception (Grade, Roughness, Breathiness, Asthenia, and Strain), aerodynamics (maximum phonation time), acoustics (Mean F0, Jitter, Shimmer, and noise-to-harmonic ratio), and clinical instruments associated with voice comorbidities (reflux symptom score, reflux sign assessment, eating-assessment tool-10, and dysphagia handicap index). For perception, aerodynamics and acoustics, experts provided guidelines for the methods of measurement. Some additional VQ evaluations are proposed for voice professionals or patients with some laryngeal diseases.ConclusionThe ELS-UEP consensus for VQ assessment provides clinical statements for the baseline and pre- to post-treatment evaluations of VQ and to improve collaborative research by adopting common and validated VQ evaluation approach.

Consensus for voice quality assessment in clinical practice: guidelines of the European Laryngological Society and Union of the European Phoniatricians / J.R. Lechien, A. Geneid, J.E. Bohlender, G. Cantarella, J.C. Avellaneda, G. Desuter, E.V. Sjogren, C. Finck, S. Hans, M. Hess, H. Oguz, M.J. Remacle, B. Schneider-Stickler, M. Tedla, A. Schindler, I. Vilaseca, M. Zabrodsky, F.G. Dikkers, L. Crevier-Buchman. - In: EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY AND HEAD & NECK. - ISSN 1434-4726. - 280:12(2023 Dec), pp. 5459-5473. [10.1007/s00405-023-08211-6]

Consensus for voice quality assessment in clinical practice: guidelines of the European Laryngological Society and Union of the European Phoniatricians

G. Cantarella;A. Schindler;
2023

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IntroductionTo update the European guidelines for the assessment of voice quality (VQ) in clinical practice.MethodsNineteen laryngologists-phoniatricians of the European Laryngological Society (ELS) and the Union of the European Phoniatricians (UEP) participated to a modified Delphi process to propose statements about subjective and objective VQ assessments. Two anonymized voting rounds determined a consensus statement to be acceptable when 80% of experts agreed with a rating of at least 3/4. The statements with & GE; 3/4 score by 60-80% of experts were improved and resubmitted to voting until they were validated or rejected.ResultsOf the 90 initial statements, 51 were validated after two voting rounds. A multidimensional set of minimal VQ evaluations was proposed and included: baseline VQ anamnesis (e.g., allergy, medical and surgical history, medication, addiction, singing practice, job, and posture), videolaryngostroboscopy (mucosal wave symmetry, amplitude, morphology, and movements), patient-reported VQ assessment (30- or 10-voice handicap index), perception (Grade, Roughness, Breathiness, Asthenia, and Strain), aerodynamics (maximum phonation time), acoustics (Mean F0, Jitter, Shimmer, and noise-to-harmonic ratio), and clinical instruments associated with voice comorbidities (reflux symptom score, reflux sign assessment, eating-assessment tool-10, and dysphagia handicap index). For perception, aerodynamics and acoustics, experts provided guidelines for the methods of measurement. Some additional VQ evaluations are proposed for voice professionals or patients with some laryngeal diseases.ConclusionThe ELS-UEP consensus for VQ assessment provides clinical statements for the baseline and pre- to post-treatment evaluations of VQ and to improve collaborative research by adopting common and validated VQ evaluation approach.
Assessment; Consensus; Dysphonia; European; Evaluation; Guidelines; Head; Neck; Otolaryngology; Surgery; Voice
Settore MED/32 - Audiologia
Settore MED/31 - Otorinolaringoiatria
dic-2023
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