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Effectiveness of voice therapy in functional dysphonia: where are we now?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paul Carding


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Purpose of review To review the recent literature since the 2009 Cochrane review regarding the effectiveness of voice therapy for patients with functional dysphonia. Recent findings A range of articles report on the effects of voice therapy treatment for functional dysphonia, with a wide range of interventions described. Only one study is a randomized controlled trial. A number of excellent review articles have extended the knowledge base. In primary research, methodological issues persist: studies are small, and not adequately controlled. Studies show improved standards of outcome measurement and of description of the content of voice therapy. Summary There is a continued need for larger, methodologically sound clinical effectiveness studies. Future studies need to be replicable and generalizable in order to inform and elucidate clinical practice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bos-Clark M, Carding P

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

Year: 2011

Volume: 19

Issue: 3

Pages: 160-164

Print publication date: 01/06/2011

ISSN (print): 1068-9508

ISSN (electronic): 1531-6998



DOI: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e3283448f85

Notes: Issue: Speech Therapy and Rehabilitation; edited by Paul Carding