Spasmodic dysphonia and vocal fold paralysis: Outcomes of voice problems on work-related functioning

Elaine Smith, Margaretta Taylor, Maria Mendoza, Julie Barkmeier, Jon Lemke, Henry Hoffman

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Abstract

Summary: Patients at a university voice disorder clinic diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia (SD, n = 68) or vocal fold paralysis (VFP, n = 57) reported vocal symptoms and adverse work outcomes in contrast to a nondisordered group (ND, n = 68). Patients with SD most frequently cited symptoms of effortfulness (57%) and weakness (54%), VFP cited hoarseness (70%) and weakness (60%), while the nondisordered reported hoarseness (28%). SD and VFP produced greater (p< .05) adverse work outcomes than the nondisordered in the past (SD: 65%, VFP: 41%, ND: 3%), potential future (SD: 78%, VFP: 65%, ND: 19%), and current job performance (SD: 64%, VFP: 46%, ND: 2%). These disorders significantly disrupt socioeconomic outcomes and research is needed to improve functional ability and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Voice
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Outcomes
  • Symptomatology
  • Voice disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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