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Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Dysphonia

  • Shannon M. TheisEmail author
  • Nadine P. Connor
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Abstract

Childhood dysphonia is a broad condition that can be difficult to investigate and quantify. As clinicians and researchers, we often consider the severity and duration of a child’s voice disturbance and then extrapolate the degree of impact that the disturbance may have on the child’s ability to communicate effectively. While the field of pediatric dysphonia has advanced by providing objective data via acoustic and aerodynamic measures, it is unlikely that we are able to fully understand the way in which dysphonia affects children’s lives without exploring health-related quality of life. Too often in childhood dysphonia, clinical judgments are made regarding the effect of a pediatric voice disorder through a caregiver report rather than asking the child directly. This continues to be problematic because the self-evaluation process is important in establishing therapy goals and measuring subsequent intervention outcomes.

Keywords

Health-related quality of life in pediatric dysphonia Pediatric dysphonia quality of life Dysphonia and quality of life Childhood dysphonia Health-related quality of life instruments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication Disorders and SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication Sciences and DisordersUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgerySchool of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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