Development of an Electronic Documentation System for Voice Therapy: A New Teaching and Clinical Research Tool Although research on the outcomes of the treatment of voice disorders is widely discussed, there is a lack of information regarding the specifics of the methods and tasks undertaken during the therapy sessions. One reason may be a lack of a clear, standardized method of documentation for the voice therapy. ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2016
Development of an Electronic Documentation System for Voice Therapy: A New Teaching and Clinical Research Tool
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elizabeth S. Heller Murray
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Boston University
  • Katherine L. Girouard
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
  • Meredith J. Cler
    Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Cara E. Stepp
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Boston University
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
    Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Disclosure
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  • Financial: This work was supported by grant DC012651 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Cara E. Stepp is an assistant professor at Boston University. Elizabeth S. Heller Murray, Katherine L. Girouard, and Meredith J. Cler have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: This work was supported by grant DC012651 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Cara E. Stepp is an assistant professor at Boston University. Elizabeth S. Heller Murray, Katherine L. Girouard, and Meredith J. Cler have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Elizabeth S. Heller Murray, Katherine L. Girouard, Meredith J. Cler, and Cara E. Stepp have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Elizabeth S. Heller Murray, Katherine L. Girouard, Meredith J. Cler, and Cara E. Stepp have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Part 2
Article   |   July 01, 2016
Development of an Electronic Documentation System for Voice Therapy: A New Teaching and Clinical Research Tool
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 63-73. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG3.63
History: Received December 1, 2015 , Revised February 1, 2016 , Accepted February 24, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 63-73. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG3.63
History: Received December 1, 2015; Revised February 1, 2016; Accepted February 24, 2016

Although research on the outcomes of the treatment of voice disorders is widely discussed, there is a lack of information regarding the specifics of the methods and tasks undertaken during the therapy sessions. One reason may be a lack of a clear, standardized method of documentation for the voice therapy. Therefore, this article discusses the development of a new electronic documentation system for voice therapy. The goals of this documentation system are to create a user-friendly, flexible system that implements the standard terminology and structure proposed in the recent voice therapy taxonomy (Van Stan, Roy, Awan, Stemple, & Hillman, 2015). This documentation system stores all the information from the therapy session in a local database, which is accessible for analysis within or between patients. This allows large-scale datasets to be compiled for future clinical research. This documentation system includes definitions for all terminology and includes hierarchies, which are not required, but can be followed for additional structure. This documentation system can be used as a teaching tool, with the ability to accommodate the needs of both the novice and expert clinician.

Acknowledgements
The authors would like to thank Edie Hapner, Jordan Piel, Grace O'Donnell, Jessica Silfen, Jarrad Van Stan, Robert Hillman, and Elizabeth Gavett for their input on this project.
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