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Madjdinasab F, Cheraghi S, Moradi N, Karkheiran S, Kamali M. Voice Handicap Index (VHI) in Persian Speaking Parkinson's Disease Patients. Salmand. 2014; 9 (1) :40-45
URL: http://salmandj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-573-en.html

1- MSc. Department of Speech and Language Pathology, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , madjdinassab@yahoo.com
2- Msc Speech and language pathology Department Of Speech Therapy Faculty Of Rehabilitation Science, University of Social Welfare And Rehabilitation Tehran. Iran
3- faculty lecturer 1- Department Of Speech Therapy, Jondishapoor University of Medical Science, Ahvaz ,Iran
4- neurologist Parkinson And Movement Disorders Clinic of Rasool Akram Hospital, , Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran ,Iran
5- Associate Professor, Tehran (Iran) University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Abstract:   (3493 Views)

Objectives: “Voice” is affected more and sooner than other speech subsystems in Parkinson's Disease (PD). Voice Handicap Index (VHI) is the most applicable subjective self-rating questionnaire in VD patients. The aim of this study was the investigation of Voice handicap in Iranian PD patients.

Methods & Materials: This cross-sectional, analytical and non-interventional study was done on 50 (35 males, 15 females) patients who reported a VD related to their PD. They were selected from thepatients referring to movement disorders’ clinic in Rasool Akram Hospital affiliated withTehran University of medical sciences, through easy sampling. VHI total score (VHIT) and its domains (functional-VHIF, Emotional VHIE, Physical VHIP) was assessed in all of participants and by gender segregation.

Results: 83% of patients reported voice handicap. There wasn't any difference between VHIT and its mentioned 3 domains in both sexes. There is positive correlation between VHIT, VHIE and VHIF with age. VHIT and VHIF had a positive relationship with disease duration (DD). The males VHIT and the mentioned domains had positive correlations with DD.

Conclusion: Most of Iranian PD patients feel handicap due to voice disorder caused by PD and their quality of life was affected by voice impairment. Increase in age and disease duration caused more voice disorder and reduced quality of life especially patients feel more handicaps in functional domain (VHIF). In addition, the males feel more handicap than females when DD develops.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Clinical
Received: 2014/01/12 | Accepted: 2014/03/10 | Published: 2014/04/01

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