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Hazem Saeed Amer, Ahmed Shaker Elaassar, Ahmad Mohammad Anany, Amal Saeed Quriba
Introduction There is change in nasalance post endonasal surgery which is not permanent. Objectives The objective of this study is to evaluate the long-term nasalance changes following different types of endonasal surgeries. Methods We included in this study patients who underwent sinonasal surgery at the Otorhinolaryngology Department in Zagazig University Hospitals from February 2015 until March 2016. We divided the patients into two groups according to the surgeries they underwent: Group (A) was the FESS group and group (B), the septoturbinoplasty group...
April 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Ewelina Woźnicka, Ewa Niebudek-Bogusz, Joanna Morawska, Justyna Wiktorowicz, Mariola Śliwińska-Kowalska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study has been to assess the larynx and soft tissue around the vocal tract in a group of people with healthy voice, and in a group of patients with occupational dysphonia using the new laryngeal manual therapy palpatory evaluation scale (LMTPE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The examinations were performed in a study (dysphonic) group of professional voice users who had developed voice disorders (N = 51) and in the control group of normophonic subjects (N = 50)...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
Pedro Lopes Ferreira, Vítor M Raposo, Luis Pisco
This article was the result of a study aimed at determining the degree of user satisfaction with the care provided in the 125 Family Health Units (Unidades de Saúde Familiar - USF) and in some of the 127 Personalized Health Care Units (Unidades de Cuidados de Saúde Personalizados - UCSP) of the Region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (LVT). A total of 20,118 questionnaires were distributed and 16,965 received (89.0% response rate). The data collection instrument used was the Europep questionnaire, essentially measuring four dimensions: medical care, non-medical care, organization of care and quality of premises...
March 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Klara Lorenz, Paul P Freddolino, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Martin Knapp, Jacqueline Damant
The extent to which technology may be able to support people with dementia and their carers along the care pathway and in different care settings is of interest to policy makers and governments. In this paper we provide an overview of the role of technology in dementia care, treatment and support by mapping existing technologies - by function, target user and disease progression. Technologies identified are classified into seven functions: memory support, treatment, safety and security, training, care delivery, social interaction and other...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
Szilvia Kassai, József Rácz, Alexandra Nagy, Tamás Bíbók, Éva Galambvári, Csillag Kilián, V Anna Gyarmathy
Media monitoring is an important method to inform public health and prevention services about emerging health issues, such as new psychoactive substances (NPS). This study assessed the portrayal of NPS in online Hungarian media in 2015 using qualitative content analysis. Hungarian online media considers the dealer to be the main cause of drug use, which is portrayed as a problem for youth, poor people, minorities, and rural populations. The point of view of the articles is externalized, and so is the solution offered by them...
January 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Pawel Posadzki, Nikolaos Mastellos, Rebecca Ryan, Laura H Gunn, Lambert M Felix, Yannis Pappas, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Steven A Julious, Liming Xiang, Brian Oldenburg, Josip Car
BACKGROUND: Automated telephone communication systems (ATCS) can deliver voice messages and collect health-related information from patients using either their telephone's touch-tone keypad or voice recognition software. ATCS can supplement or replace telephone contact between health professionals and patients. There are four different types of ATCS: unidirectional (one-way, non-interactive voice communication), interactive voice response (IVR) systems, ATCS with additional functions such as access to an expert to request advice (ATCS Plus) and multimodal ATCS, where the calls are delivered as part of a multicomponent intervention...
December 14, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Evelien D'haeseleer, Mara Behlau, Laura Bruneel, Iris Meerschman, Anke Luyten, Stien Lambrecht, Mauriceia Cassol, Paul Corthals, Maryna Kryshtopava, Floris L Wuyts, Sofie Claeys, Kristiane Van Lierde
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine the vocal characteristics of a treatment-seeking population with the primary complaint of vocal fatigue (VF). METHODS: Forty-three men (mean age 42 years, range 19-69) and 145 women (mean age 34 years, range 18-68) were included. None of the subjects had received voice therapy or previous laryngeal surgery. A questionnaire, laryngeal and perceptual evaluations, aerodynamic and acoustic parameters, and the Dysphonia Severity Index (DSI) were used to determine vocal characteristics...
2016: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
Paul M Evitts, Heather Starmer, Kristine Teets, Christen Montgomery, Lauren Calhoun, Allison Schulze, Jenna MacKenzie, Lauren Adams
Purpose: There is currently minimal information on the impact of dysphonia secondary to phonotrauma on listeners. Considering the high incidence of voice disorders with professional voice users, it is important to understand the impact of a dysphonic voice on their audiences. Methods: Ninety-one healthy listeners (39 men, 52 women; mean age = 23.62 years) were presented with speech stimuli from 5 healthy speakers and 5 speakers diagnosed with dysphonia secondary to phonotrauma...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
Ghasem-Sam Toloo, Peter Aitken, Julia Crilly, Gerry FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: Patients attending hospital emergency departments (ED) commonly cite the urgency and severity of their condition as the main reason for choosing the ED. However, the patients' perception of urgency and severity may be different to the nurses' perception of their urgency and severity, which is underpinned by their professional experience, knowledge, training and skills. This discordance may be a cause of patient dissatisfaction. The purpose of this study is to understand the extent of agreement/disagreement between the patient's perceived priority and actual triage category and associated factors...
October 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Younsook Yeo
BACKGROUND: E-health users are encouraged to consult healthcare professionals about the health information they found online because it facilitates e-health users to participate in an informed decision-making process with healthcare professionals on treatment options. However, few studies have examined the path of how e-health users consult healthcare professionals about the health information. Using psychological empowerment, which claims that empowering individuals requires understanding contextual factors that interact with the individuals' intrapsychic factors, this study tested a hypothesis: the contextual factors play an indirect role between patients' perceived poor health and their consultations with healthcare professionals about the health information found online, holding predisposing factors constant...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Jan Potter Reed, H Steven Sims
The development of "Care of the Professional Voice" as a subspecialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has expanded the concept of professional voice users. Although sometimes uncompensated, the clergy represents a unique group of voice users who are required to perform at a professional level. Additionally, cultural norms create great diversity in terms of style of delivery and typical venues, adding to the interest in this subset of professional voice users. We surveyed 403 respondents and found certain factors predictive of voice problems for members of the clergy...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Stefan Persson, Curt Hagquist, Daniel Michelson
The development of 'youth-friendly' services has become a priority across a wide range of health-care contexts. However, relatively few studies have specifically examined users' experiences of, and preferences for, child and adolescent mental health care. The current study investigated young service users' views of outpatient and community mental health clinics in Sweden, based on two data sources. First, focus group interviews were conducted with seven children and adolescents (aged 10-18 years) to explore both positive and negative experiences of mental health care...
January 2017: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Usha Devadas, Rajashekhar Bellur, Santosh Maruthy
OBJECTIVES: Teachers are more prone to develop voice problems (VPs) when compared with other professional voice users. The aim of present study was to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of VPs among primary school teachers in India. STUDY DESIGN: Epidemiological cross-sectional survey. METHODS: Self-reporting questionnaire data were collected from 1082 teachers. RESULTS: Out of 1082 teachers who participated in the present study, 188 teachers reported VPs that account for a prevalence rate of 17...
January 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Susann Arvidsson, Britt-Mari Gilljam, Jens Nygren, Cornelia Maria Ruland, Trude Nordby-Bøe, Petra Svedberg
BACKGROUND: Children with cancer undergo intensive and long treatment periods that expose them and their families to a number of difficult physical, mental, and social challenges. Empowering children by actively involving them in their care can help them to cope with these challenges. It can, however, be difficult for children to be involved and talk about their illness experiences in a "traditional" conversation with health care professionals, especially for younger children. Sisom (Norwegian acronym "Si det som det er" or "Tell it how it is") is an interactive computer-based assessment and communication tool to give children (aged 6-12 years) with cancer a "voice" in their care...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Samantha Warhurst, Catherine Madill, Patricia McCabe, Sten Ternström, Edwin Yiu, Robert Heard
OBJECTIVES: Good voice quality is an asset to professional voice users, including radio performers. We examined whether (1) voices could be reliably categorized as good for the radio and (2) these categories could be predicted using acoustic measures. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Male radio performers (n = 24) and age-matched male controls performed "The Rainbow Passage" as if presenting on the radio. Voice samples were rated using a three-stage paired-comparison paradigm by 51 naive listeners and perceptual categories were identified (Study 1), and then analyzed for fundamental frequency, long-term average spectrum, cepstral peak prominence, and pause or spoken-phrase duration (Study 2)...
June 21, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Graham Scott
Politicians, professionals and the public would surely all agree that patients must have a say in the way they access and receive NHS care, and the opportunity to provide feedback easily on their experience. However, the reality is that patients and other service users often struggle to be heard, not least if they seek redress when the quality of care does not meet their expectations.
March 23, 2016: Nursing Standard
Seung Won Lee, Ki Nam Park
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: This study assessed the long-term efficacy and recurrence rates of percutaneous steroid injections (PSIs) for benign vocal fold lesions. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective clinical study. METHODS: A prospective human clinical trial was performed from October 2008 to September 2014 at Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Bucheon, Korea. Percutaneous steroid injection was performed in 84 consecutive patients with small benign vocal fold lesions, such as vocal fold nodules, polyps, and Reinke's edema, who could not be treated with voice therapy or surgery...
October 2016: Laryngoscope
Guilherme Simas do Amaral Catani, Rogério Hamerschmidt, Ana Tereza Ramos Moreira, Jorge Rufino Ribas Timi, Gislaine Richter Minhoto Wiemes, Jorge Ido, Evaldo Macedo
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate voice improvement after phonosurgery by subjective and objective voice analysis. DESIGN: Prospective observational analytic group study. METHODS: This study was conducted from January 2012 to December 2013. Two hundred forty professional voice users (patients), classified as Koufman level I or II with benign vocal fold lesions, were divided in two groups. Patients in group 1 had a diagnosis of superficial vocal fold lesions, and patients in group 2 had deep lesions on the vocal folds...
March 2016: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Ozra Aghadoost, Negin Moradi, Alireza Aghadoost, Ali Montazeri, Majid Soltani, Ali Saffari
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: As the largest group of professional voice users, teachers are more likely to face voice disorders because of their specific job conditions. This study aimed to compare the quality of life in female teachers with and without voice complaints. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional descriptive-analytical study. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of samples of primary school female teachers with (n = 60) and without (n = 60) voice disorders...
November 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Monica C Robotin, Mamta Porwal, Max Hopwood, Debbie Nguyen, Minglo Sze, Carla Treloar, Jacob George
BACKGROUND: In Australia, liver cancer incidence is rising, particularly among people born in hepatitis B-endemic countries. We sought to build an understanding of the information needs of people affected by liver cancer, to inform the design of in-language consumer information resources. METHODS: We searched the World Wide Web for available in-language consumer information and conducted a literature search on consumers' information needs and their preferred means of accessing it...
February 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
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