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Effect of voice rehabilitation on oral communication of Parkinson's disease patients.
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PMID:  9325469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
E C de Angelis; L F Mourão; H B Ferraz; M S Behlau; P A Pontes; L A Andrade
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0001-6314     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  1997 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-11-05     Completed Date:  1997-11-05     Revised Date:  2006-08-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-205     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation*
Speech Disorders / rehabilitation*
Speech Intelligibility*
Speech Production Measurement
Treatment Outcome
Voice Disorders / rehabilitation*
Voice Training*

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