Self-assessment of voice therapy for chronic dysphonia

Speyer, Renée, Wieneke, G.H., and Dejonckere, P.H. (2004) Self-assessment of voice therapy for chronic dysphonia. Clinical Otolaryngology, 29 (1). pp. 66-74.

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The effects of voice therapy in a group of chronically dysphonic patients are determined using two quality-of-life (QOL) instruments: the Voice Handicap Index (VHI), and a simple three-item outcome scale (three visual analogue scales). Both instruments measure changes in the quality of the voice itself and in the extent of impairment resulting from the dysphonia as experienced by the patient in social and occupational settings. Statistical tests conducted on pre- and post-treatment data indicated significant improvements on both instruments for the group as a whole. At the individual level, however, the effects were diverse. For roughly 50% of the subjects, a significant improvement could be established. The positive changes as measured with the three-item scale were greater than those measured with the VHI. The results suggest that the two QOL instruments measure slightly different aspects of the subjective perception of the therapy effects. In order to obtain a general evaluation of the patient's handicap, it may suffice to ask some simple questions.

Item ID: 31010
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1749-4486
Keywords: self-assessment; Voice Handicap Index; quality-of-life; dysphonia; voice therapy; therapy outcome
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 04:19
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110315 Otorhinolaryngology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders @ 100%
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