How to build measurable treatment goals? A taxonomy of outcome criteria for vocal intervention monitoring

¿Cómo construir objetivos operacionales medibles? Una taxonomía de criterios de logro para el monitoreo de la intervención vocal


Introduction. The complexity of the vocal phenomenon hinders the therapist's ability to quickly and effectively monitor the achievements obtained by the patient through vocal intervention. The assessment of therapeutic progress relies on the therapist's capability to utilize valid, reliable, and meaningful outcome masures.

Aim. Develop a conceptual framework of outcome measures to be used in the treatment plans designed by speech therapists when attending to patients with vocal complaints.

Methodology. Qualitative, conceptual, and model-type research in which a critical review is conducted through a non-probabilistic theoretical sampling of the theoretical models of therapy treatment plans, the outcome measures involved and their relevance to voice intervention. Building upon this, a taxonomy of outcome measures is proposed for verifying therapeutic progress in voice therapy.

Results. A conceptual outcome measures framework is proposed. This model incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed criteria to monitor the diverse aspects of vocal function in the context of voice intervention.

Conclusion. The model provides a precise guide to assess the results achieved by the patient in vocal intervention through the operational goals.


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