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Voice care knowledge among clinicians and people with healthy voices or dysphonia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael DrinnanORCiD, Professor Paul Carding



An important clinical component in the prevention and treatment of voice disorders is voice care and hygiene. Research in voice care knowledge has mainly focussed on specific groups of professional voice users with limited reporting on the tool and evidence base used. In this study, a questionnaire to measure voice care knowledge was developed based on "best evidence." The questionnaire was validated by measuring specialist voice clinicians' agreement. Preliminary data are then presented using the voice care knowledge questionnaire with 17 subjects with nonorganic dysphonia and 17 with healthy voices. There was high (89%) agreement among the clinicians. There was a highly significant difference between the dysphonic and the healthy group scores (P = 0.00005). Furthermore, the dysphonic subjects (63% agreement) presented with less voice care knowledge than the subjects with healthy voices (72% agreement). The questionnaire provides a useful and valid tool to investigate voice care knowledge. The findings have implications for clinical intervention, voice therapy, and health prevention.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fletcher HA, Drinnan MJ, Carding PN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Voice

Year: 2007

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Pages: 80-91

ISSN (print): 0892-1997

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4588

Publisher: Mosby, Inc.


DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2005.09.002


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