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The Effectiveness of a Voice Treatment Approach for Teachers With Self-Reported Voice Problems

Lookup NU author(s): Patricia Gillivan-Murphy, Dr Michael DrinnanORCiD, Professor Paul Carding


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Summary: Teachers are considered the professional group most at risk of developing voice-problems, but limited treatment effectiveness evidence exists. We studied prospectively the effectiveness of a 6-week combined treatment approach using vocal function exercises (VFEs) and vocal hygiene (VH) education with 20 teachers with self-reported voice problems. Twenty subjects were randomly assigned to a no-treatment control (n = 11) and a treatment group (n = 9). Fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation was carried out on all subjects before randomization. Two self-report voice outcome measures were used: the Voice-Related Quality of Life (VRQOL) and the Voice Symptom Severity Scale (VoiSS). A Voice Care Knowledge Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), developed specifically for the study, was also used to evaluate change in selected voice knowledge areas. A Student unpaired t test revealed a statistically significant (P < 0.05) improvement in the treatment group as measured by the VoiSS. There was not a significant improvement in the treatment group as measured by the V-RQOL. The difference in voice care knowledge areas was also significant for the treatment group (P < 0.05). This study suggests that a voice treatment approach of VFEs and VH education improved self-reported voice symptoms and voice care knowledge in a group of teachers. © 2006 The Voice Foundation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gillivan-Murphy P, Drinnan M, O'Dwyer T, Ridha H, Carding P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Voice

Year: 2006

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

Pages: 423-431

Print publication date: 01/09/2006

ISSN (print): 0892-1997

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4588

Publisher: Mosby, Inc.


DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2005.08.002

PubMed id: 16293396


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