Effect of voice rehabilitation on oral communication of Parkinson's disease patients

Effect of voice rehabilitation on oral communication of Parkinson's disease patients

Author Carrara-Angelis, Elisabete Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Mourão, Lucia Figueiredo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ferraz, Henrique Ballalai Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Behlau, Mara Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Pontes, Paulo Augusto de Lima Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Andrade, Luiz Augusto Franco de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Voice and speech disorders are common in Parkinson's disease patients and may lead to social isolation. We employed routine clinical voice therapy measures to evaluate the effect of voice rehabilitation. Twenty patients with a stable drug regimen participated in this study. The patients were assessed before and after a program of voice rehabilitation consisting of 13 group therapy sessions during 1 month, with emphasis on the increase in laryngeal sphincteric activity. Voice rehabilitation produced an increase in maximal phonation times, decrease in the values of s/z ratio and air flow, increase in vocal intensity, decrease in the complaints of weak and strained-strangled voice and monotonous and unintelligible speech and elimination of complaints of swallowing alterations. These data indicate a greater glottic efficiency after voice rehabilitation reflecting a more functional oral communication.
Keywords Parkinson's disease
speech therapy
voice rehabilitation
Language English
Date 1997-10-01
Published in Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. Copenhagen: Munksgaard Int Publ Ltd, v. 96, n. 4, p. 199-205, 1997.
ISSN 0001-6314 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Munksgaard Int Publ Ltd
Extent 199-205
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0404.1997.tb00269.x
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:A1997XW50000001
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/42002

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