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Clinical Rheumatology

, 27:1441 | Cite as

Prevalence of subjective voice impairment in rheumatoid arthritis

  • Benjamin A. Fisher
  • Kathleen Dolan
  • Lesley Hastings
  • Catherine McClinton
  • Peter C. Taylor
Brief Report

Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might lead to voice impairment through several mechanisms but its prevalence has been little investigated. RA patients attending a rheumatology outpatient clinic had joint assessments and completed the Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10). A comparator group consisted of patients attending the department with other diseases. Seventy-three patients with RA and 73 comparators were recruited. Four patients with RA (5%) and one comparator (1%) had significantly abnormal VHI-10 scores. RA patients with a Disease Activity Score 28 >3.2, indicating more active disease, had significantly higher VHI-10 scores. A low prevalence of self-reported voice handicap occurs in RA and associates with more active disease.

Keywords

Disability Dysphonia Rheumatoid arthritis VHI Voice Voice handicap index 

Notes

Disclosures

None

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© Clinical Rheumatology 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin A. Fisher
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kathleen Dolan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lesley Hastings
    • 1
    • 2
  • Catherine McClinton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter C. Taylor
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Kennedy Institute of RheumatologyImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of RheumatologyCharing Cross HospitalLondonUK

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