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

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Dysphonia
Hoarseness
Vocal Cords
Paralysis
Voice Disorders
Quality of Life
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Work Performance

Keywords

  • Outcomes
  • Symptomatology
  • Voice disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Spasmodic dysphonia and vocal fold paralysis : Outcomes of voice problems on work-related functioning. / Smith, Elaine; Taylor, Margaretta; Mendoza, Maria; Barkmeier, Julie; Lemke, Jon; Hoffman, Henry.

In: Journal of Voice, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1998, p. 223-232.

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Smith, E, Taylor, M, Mendoza, M, Barkmeier, J, Lemke, J & Hoffman, H 1998, 'Spasmodic dysphonia and vocal fold paralysis: Outcomes of voice problems on work-related functioning', Journal of Voice, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 223-232. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0892-1997(98)80042-8
Smith, Elaine ; Taylor, Margaretta ; Mendoza, Maria ; Barkmeier, Julie ; Lemke, Jon ; Hoffman, Henry. / Spasmodic dysphonia and vocal fold paralysis : Outcomes of voice problems on work-related functioning. In: Journal of Voice. 1998 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 223-232.
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