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Evidence-Based Assessment of Voice Disorders: A Theoretical Overview and Model

DOI: 10.2478/v10215-011-0003-9

Keywords: voice disorders, evidence-based practice, assessment

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This article deals with the current paradigm of evidence-based practices of the Speech Therapy (Speech language pathology), especially diagnosing based on evidences of voice disorders. One of the main goals of this article is to define voice disorders according to the World Health Organization's ICF multidimensional concept. Using a comparative method, this study attempts to prove that traditionally, the assessment outcomes of voice disorders in the Speech Therapy have been largely based on the speech therapist's point of view and never on the client's position. The research insists on establishing and adopting definitive gold standards, with respect to voice assessment and therapy in Bulgaria.

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