Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Do Patients Treated for Voice Therapy With Telepractice Show Similar Changes in Voice Outcome Measures as Patients Treated Face-To-Face?

Rangarathnam, B., Gilroy, H., et al. (2016).
EBP Briefs, 11(5), 1-6.
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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
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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

Description

This is a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature comparing the effects of voice treatment delivered via telepractice with face-to-face voice treatment.

Questions/Aims Addressed

"Do patients treated for voice therapy with telepractice show similar changes in voice outcome measures as patients treated face-to-face?" (p. iii)

Population

"Individuals referred for voice therapy, but [who] require or want services delivered via telepractice" (p. 1)

Intervention/Assessment

Voice treatment

Number of Studies Included

6

Years Included

2000 to present; end date not specifically stated


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

Included studies addressed treatments such as Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, confidential voice or vocal function exercises, vocal hygiene, flow phonation exercises, relaxation exercises, and Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy. Evidence supported comparable treatment effectiveness for service delivery methods (telepractice and face-to-face). Limitations included the broad variety of treatments for voice disorders, and an overall lack of quantitative evidence. 

Keywords: Format (Individual/Group/Telepractice), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Resonant Voice Therapy, Vocal Function Exercises, Vocal Hygiene/Voice Use, Voice Disorders

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Treatment

Included studies addressed treatments such as Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, confidential voice or vocal function exercises, vocal hygiene, flow phonation exercises, relaxation exercises, and Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy. Evidence supported comparable treatment effectiveness for service delivery methods (telepractice and face-to-face). Limitations included the broad variety of treatments for voice disorders, and an overall lack of quantitative evidence. 

Keywords: Format (Individual/Group/Telepractice), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Resonant Voice Therapy, Vocal Function Exercises, Vocal Hygiene/Voice Use, Voice Disorders

Service Delivery

Included studies addressed treatments such as Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, confidential voice or vocal function exercises, vocal hygiene, flow phonation exercises, relaxation exercises, and Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy. Evidence supported comparable treatment effectiveness for service delivery methods (telepractice and face-to-face). Limitations included the broad variety of treatments for voice disorders, and an overall lack of quantitative evidence. 

Keywords: Format (Individual/Group/Telepractice), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Resonant Voice Therapy, Vocal Function Exercises, Vocal Hygiene/Voice Use, Voice Disorders

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