Revista de otorrinolaringología y cirugía de cabeza y cuello
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ELHENDI H, Wasim; CARAVACA G, Antonio y SANTOS P, Sofía. Measurement of the vocal handicap in patients with functional dysphonia. Rev. Otorrinolaringol. Cir. Cabeza Cuello [online]. 2012, vol.72, n.2, pp.145-150. ISSN 0718-4816. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48162012000200007.
Introduction: Functional dysphonia is a major issue. Aim: To analyse the results of two subjective measures (Vocal Handicap Index (VHI) and Quality Life Index (QLI)) and to calculate the impact that functional dysphonias suppose for the patients. Material and Method: 65 patients diagnosed of functional dysphonia answered a questionnaire that includes the Vocal Handicap Index and the Quality Life Index. Results: We found an important degree of handicap indicated by high values of the VHI (55,74), of its three subscales (organic (24,82), functional (19,28) and emotional (11,65)) and of the QLI (11,42). Discussion: We made a wide literature review, noting that there are a few studies of the handicap of voice disorders; and compared our results with those of other authors. Conclusion: The presence of functional dysphonias supposes an important level of handicap in the patient's social and laboral activities and a considerable emotional impact.
Palabras clave : Measurement; vocal handicap; functional dysphonia.