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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894815/development-of-a-voice-disorder-work-productivity-inventory-utilizing-cognitive-interviewing-technique
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John Paul Giliberto, Qiubei Zhu, Tanya K Meyer
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Voice disorders have been shown to impair workplace productivity primarily by reduced efficiency while at work (presenteeism) versus increased days missed (absenteeism). Work productivity measures such as the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) Questionnaire or the World Health Organization Health - Work Performance Questionnaire (HPQ) can be customized to a specific disease but do not fully capture impaired work productivity associated with voice disorders...
December 2016: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894392/fractional-co2-laser-treatment-for-vulvovaginal-atrophy-symptoms-and-vaginal-rejuvenation-in-perimenopausal-women
#2
César Arroyo
BACKGROUND: This study investigated a novel fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser for treatment of symptoms associated with vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) in perimenopausal women. METHODS: The study included 21 perimenopausal women (mean age 45±7 years) treated three times by CO2 laser resurfacing and coagulation of the vaginal canal tissue and mucosal tissue of the introitus. Vaginal health index (VHI) scores were computed by the investigator at baseline and follow-ups...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882539/multidimensional-effects-of-voice-therapy-in-patients-affected-by-unilateral-vocal-fold-paralysis-due-to-cancer
#3
Camila Barbosa Barcelos, Paula Angélica Lorenzon Silveira, Renata Lígia Vieira Guedes, Aline Nogueira Gonçalves, Luciana Dall'Agnol Siqueira Slobodticov, Elisabete Carrara-de Angelis
INTRODUCTION: Patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis may demonstrate different degrees of voice perturbation depending on the position of the paralyzed vocal fold. Understanding the effectiveness of voice therapy in this population may be an important coefficient to define the therapeutic approach. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the voice therapy effectiveness in the short, medium and long-term in patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis and determine the risk factors for voice rehabilitation failure...
August 24, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828909/voice-outcomes-of-adults-diagnosed-with-pediatric-vocal-fold-nodules-and-impact-of-speech-therapy
#4
Brian H Song, Maqdooda Merchant, Luke Schloegel
Objective To evaluate the voice outcomes of adults diagnosed with vocal fold nodules (VFNs) as children and to assess the impact of speech therapy on long-term voice outcomes. Study Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Large health care system. Subjects and Methods Subjects diagnosed with VFNs as children between the years 1996 and 2008 were identified within a medical record database of a large health care system. Included subjects were 3 to 12 years old at the time of diagnosis, had a documented laryngeal examination within 90 days of diagnosis, and were ≥18 years as of December 31, 2014...
August 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820002/applicability-of-the-arabic-version-of-vocal-tract-discomfort-scale-vtds-with-student-singers-as-professional-voice-users
#5
Wesam B Darawsheh, Yaser S Natour, Eve G Sada
AIM: This pilot study aimed to evaluate the internal consistency, convergent construct validity and criterion validity of Arabic version of the Vocal Tract Discomfort Scale (VTDS), and to investigate the correlation between the scores of the VTDS, the VHI and the acoustic measures of fundamental frequency (F0), shimmer, jitter and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study where 97 participants participated (47 males and 50 females) (mean age 20...
August 18, 2017: Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791468/functional-outcomes-of-endoscopic-arytenoid-abduction-lateropexy-for-unilateral-vocal-cord-paralysis-with-dyspnea
#6
Vera Matievics, Adam Bach, Balazs Sztano, Zsofia Bere, Zoltan Tobias, Paul F Castellanos, Andreas H Mueller, Laszló Rovo
In unilateral vocal cord paralysis (UVCP), hoarseness is usually the leading symptom; however, the diminished airway might lead to breathing problems as well, especially with exertion. The application of the classic resection glottis enlarging or medialization procedures might shift the breathing and/or the voice to a worse condition. The non-destructive endoscopic arytenoid abduction lateropexy (EAAL) might be a solution for this problem. The aim of our study was to analyze the phonatory and respiratory outcomes of this treatment concept...
August 8, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781968/impact-of-ospemifene-on-quality-of-life-and-sexual-function-in-young-survivors-of-cervical-cancer-a-prospective-study
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Nicoletta De Rosa, Giada Lavitola, Pierluigi Giampaolino, Ilaria Morra, Carmine Nappi, Giuseppe Bifulco
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer (CC) treatments impact quality of life (QoL) and sexual function (SF) of survivors. Treatment options to reduce sexual dysfunction are limited. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of ospemifene in CC survivors with clinical signs and symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) focusing on their QoL and SF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-two patients with previous diagnosis of stage I-IIa CC suffering from VVA and treated with ospemifene were enrolled into a single arm prospective study...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770347/web-thickness-determines-the-therapeutic-effect-of-endoscopic-keel-placement-on-anterior-glottic-web
#8
Jian Chen, Fang Shi, Min Chen, Yue Yang, Lei Cheng, Haitao Wu
This work is a retrospective analysis to investigate the critical risk factor for the therapeutic effect of endoscopic keel placement on anterior glottic web. Altogether, 36 patients with anterior glottic web undergoing endoscopic lysis and silicone keel placement were enrolled. Their voice qualities were evaluated using the voice handicap index-10 (VHI-10) questionnaire, and improved significantly 3 months after surgery (21.53 ± 3.89 vs 9.81 ± 6.68, P < 0.0001). However, 10 (27.8%) cases had web recurrence during the at least 1-year follow-up...
August 2, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763401/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-for-evaluating-the-efficacy-of-fractional-co2-laser-compared-with-topical-estriol-in-the-treatment-of-vaginal-atrophy-in-postmenopausal-women
#9
Vera L Cruz, Marcelo L Steiner, Luciano M Pompei, Rodolfo Strufaldi, Fernando L Afonso Fonseca, Lucila H Simardi Santiago, Tali Wajsfeld, Cesar E Fernandes
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate efficacy of fractional CO2 vaginal laser treatment (Laser, L) and compare it to local estrogen therapy (Estriol, E) and the combination of both treatments (Laser + Estriol, LE) in the treatment of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). METHODS: A total of 45 postmenopausal women meeting inclusion criteria were randomized in L, E, or LE groups. Assessments at baseline, 8 and 20 weeks, were conducted using Vaginal Health Index (VHI), Visual Analog Scale for VVA symptoms (dyspareunia, dryness, and burning), Female Sexual Function Index, and maturation value (MV) of Meisels...
July 31, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760537/randomized-double-blind-trial-of-amitriptyline-versus-placebo-in-treatment-of-chronic-laryngopharyngeal-neuropathy
#10
Minyoung Jang, Samuel J Rubin, Daniel J Stein, Jacob Pieter Noordzij
OBJECTIVE: A neuropathic etiology has been suggested for patients with chronic laryngopharyngitis symptoms without visible structural pathology. Prior studies have shown that treatment with neuro-modulating medications is beneficial, but it is unknown if this was due to placebo effect. Our objective was to compare the efficacy of amitriptyline versus placebo in treating chronic laryngopharyngeal neuropathy. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized placebo-controlled trial...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732752/effects-of-voice-therapy-a-comparison-between-individual-and-group-therapy
#11
Malin Abrahamsson, Moa Millgård, Christina Havstam, Lisa Tuomi
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this clinical evaluation project is to study the effect of voice therapy given in the speech-language pathology clinic, as individual and group therapy, as well as finding out some of the reasons for not attending the recommended therapy. METHOD: All patients visiting the speech-language department during the study period were asked to participate in a clinical evaluation project. The project included filling out the questionnaire Swedish Voice Handicap Index (VHI-11) twice: at their first visit at the clinic, and approximately 1 year later...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732751/voice-improvement-in-patients-with-functional-dysphonia-treated-with-the-proprioceptive-elastic-proel-method
#12
E Lucchini, A Ricci Maccarini, E Bissoni, M Borragan, M Agudo, M J González, V Romizi, A Schindler, M Behlau, T Murry, A Borragan
The objective of the study was to analyze the outcome of the proprioceptive-elastic (PROEL) voice therapy method in patients with functional dysphonia (FD). Fifty-two patients with FD were involved in the study; they were composed of three subgroups of patients with (1) FD without glottal insufficiency (n = 28), (2) FD and glottal insufficiency (n = 9), and (3) FD, glottal insufficiency, and vocal nodules (n = 15). A multidimensional assessment protocol including videolaryngostroboscopy; maximum phonation time; perceptual evaluation of dysphonia with the Grade, Instability, Roughness, Breathiness, Asthenia, and Strain (GIRBAS) scale; and 10-item version of the Voice Handicap Index was conducted before and after 15 sessions of voice therapy...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717979/impact-of-age-on-laryngopharyngeal-reflux-disease-presentation-a-multi-center-prospective-study
#13
Jérôme R Lechien, Camille Finck, Kathy Huet, Mohamad Khalife, Anne-Françoise Fourneau, Véronique Delvaux, Myriam Piccaluga, Bernard Harmegnies, Sven Saussez
The objective is to assess the differences in the severity of symptoms, signs, voice quality, and quality of life before and after treatment according to age in suspected laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) patients. The design used in this paper is prospective multi-center study. Eighty clinically diagnosed LPR patients with a reflux finding score (RFS) >7 and a reflux symptom index (RSI) >13 were treated with pantoprazole and diet recommendations for 3 months. Patients were subdivided into three groups according their age: group 1 (18-39 years, N = 21), group 2 (40-59 years, N = 31), and group 3 (≥60 years, N = 28)...
July 17, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712704/impact-of-perioperative-voice-therapy-on-outcomes-in-the-surgical-management-of-vocal-fold-cysts
#14
Kathleen M Tibbetts, Laura M Dominguez, C Blake Simpson
INTRODUCTION: Vocal fold cysts are benign mid-membranous lesions of the true vocal fold, classified as mucus retention or epidermal inclusion cysts. Treatment is surgical excision with or without postoperative voice therapy. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of the demographics, treatment approach, and outcomes of patients treated for vocal fold cysts between 2009 and 2014. Voice Handicap Index (VHI)-10 scores before and after treatment were compared using the Wilcoxon Rank-Sum test and the two-tailed Student's t test...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709764/using-receiver-operating-characteristic-curve-to-define-the-cutoff-points-of-voice-handicap-index-applied-to-young-adult-male-smokers
#15
Dionysios Tafiadis, Spyridon K Chronopoulos, Evangelia I Kosma, Louiza Voniati, Vasilis Raptis, Vasiliki Siafaka, Nausica Ziavra
Voice performance is an inextricable key factor of everyday life. Obviously, the deterioration of voice quality can cause various problems to human communication and can therefore reduce the performance of social skills (relevant to voice). The deterioration could be originated from changes inside the system of the vocal tract and larynx. Various prognostic methods exist, and among them is the Voice Handicap Index (VHI). This tool includes self-reported questionnaires, used for determining the cutoff points of total score and of its three domains relevant to young male Greek smokers...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709763/the-role-of-occupational-voice-demand-and-patient-rated-impairment-in-predicting-voice-therapy-adherence
#16
Barbara Ebersole, Resha S Soni, Kathleen Moran, Miriam Lango, Karthik Devarajan, Nausheen Jamal
OBJECTIVE: Examine the relationship among the severity of patient-perceived voice impairment, perceptual dysphonia severity, occupational voice demand, and voice therapy adherence. Identify clinical predictors of increased risk for therapy nonadherence. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients presenting with a chief complaint of persistent dysphonia at an interdisciplinary voice center was done. The Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10) and the Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL) survey scores, clinician rating of dysphonia severity using the Grade score from the Grade, Roughness Breathiness, Asthenia, and Strain scale, occupational voice demand, and patient demographics were tested for associations with therapy adherence, defined as completion of the treatment plan...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684252/medialization-laryngoplasty-after-injection-augmentation
#17
Valeria Silva Merea, Solomon Husain, Lucian Sulica
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the effect of vocal fold injection augmentation (IA) on subsequent medialization laryngoplasty (ML). STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study with follow-up telephone survey was carried out. METHODS: Clinical records of patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis or paresis (VFP) who underwent ML between April 2006 and March 2015 were reviewed. Patients who underwent IA before ML were compared with patients who did not, with respect to demographic information, symptoms, Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10), etiology of VFP, and revision rate...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657769/monurelle-biogel-%C3%A2-vaginal-gel-in-the-treatment-of-vaginal-dryness-in-postmenopausal-women
#18
R E Nappi, A Cagnacci, A M Becorpi, C Nappi, A M Paoletti, M Busacca, S Martella, M Bellafronte, Z Tredici, C Di Carlo, V Corda, M Vignali, M Bagolan, M Sardina
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate efficacy, tolerability and safety of Monurelle Biogel(®) vaginal gel for treatment of vaginal dryness. METHODS: Multicenter, national, randomized, controlled vs. no-treatment, open-label study. Ninety-five postmenopausal women were randomized (48 to Monurelle Biogel(®) and 47 to no treatment). Primary endpoint was the change of Verbal Rating Scale (VRS) total score of vaginal atrophy (VA) symptoms after 8-week treatment. The main secondary endpoints were VRS single-item score, Vaginal Health Index (VHI) score, Maturation Index (MI), Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), and Female Sexual Distress Scale-Revised (FSDS-R)...
June 28, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624826/voice-handicap-index-in-persian-speakers-with-various-severities-of-hearing-loss
#19
Ozra Aghadoost, Negin Moradi, Payman Dabirmoghaddam, Alireza Aghadoost, Ehsan Naderifar, Siavash Mohammadi Dehbokri
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the total score and subscale scores of the Voice Handicap Index (VHI) in speakers with and without hearing loss. A further aim was to determine if a correlation exists between severities of hearing loss with total scores and VHI subscale scores. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional, descriptive analytical study, 100 participants, divided in 2 groups of participants with and without hearing loss, were studied...
June 17, 2017: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620340/a-new-questionnaire-for-estimating-the-severity-of-visual-height-intolerance-and-acrophobia-by-a-metric-interval-scale
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Doreen Huppert, Eva Grill, Thomas Brandt
AIMS: To construct and validate a short scale for the assessment of the severity of visual height intolerance (vHI) and acrophobia. METHODS: The questionnaire was developed from two earlier representative epidemiological studies (n = 5,529). Items were applied in a telephone survey of a representative population-based sample. RESULTS: A total of 1,960 persons were included. The life-time prevalence of vHI was 32.7% (f: 36.1%; m: 28.4%); 12% of these persons fulfilled the psychiatric criteria of acrophobia...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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