Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Treatment for Teachers with Voice Disorders: An Evidence-Based Review

Pannbacker, M., & Hayes, S. (2008).
EBP Briefs, 2, 59-71.
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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
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  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
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  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details


This is a systematic review of interventions for teachers with voice disorders. 

Questions/Aims Addressed

"Is treatment of voice problems for teachers effective?" (p. 59)




Treatments for voice problems (not further specified) 

Number of Studies Included


Years Included

Not stated

Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Of the ten studies included, six "provided strong support for treatment of voice problems in teachers" (p. 61). Specific results were:

  • Several studies combined two or more specific treatment techniques. Overall, vocal hygiene was most frequently used. 
  • "Greater improvement seemed to be associated with the following treatments: vocal care/hygiene, vocal exercises, vocal amplification, respiratory training, and/or resonance therapy" (p. 61). Other techniques identified were chant therapy and group therapy. 

Keywords: Teachers, Breathing Exercises, Resonant Voice Therapy, Vocal Function Exercises, Vocal Hygiene/Voice Use, Voice Amplification

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