"Can You Hear My Voice"- Characteristics of Patients Suffering from Hoarseness, Treatment Seeking Patterns and Implications on Quality of Life

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Presentation
Title:
"Can You Hear My Voice"- Characteristics of Patients Suffering from Hoarseness, Treatment Seeking Patterns and Implications on Quality of Life
Abstract:
"Can You Hear My Voice"- Characteristics of Patients Suffering from Hoarseness, Treatment Seeking Patterns and Implications on Quality of Life
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Granat, Pnina, MA
P.I. Institution Name:Assaf Harofe Medical Center
Title:Head Nurse of Otolaryngology Department
Co-Authors:Michal Rassin, PhD; Carmit Albrecht- Ya'Akov, RN; Yael Chaham, RN, BA; Olga Idelevitz, RN, BA
[Research Presentation] Purpose: Hoarseness is a common phenomenon amongst professional voice users such as teachers, singers, announcers etc. Hoarseness affects quality of life, decreases work performance and causes absenteeism and early retirement. The aims of the study was to examine characteristics of hoarse individuals, treatment seeking patterns and implications on quality of life. Methods: Data was collected from 95 patients diagnosed with hoarseness. A 32-item questionnaire was constructed  This questionnaire included professional field, symptoms, personal and medical care patterns and implications of hoarseness on work and social lives. In addition, the questionnaire included open ended questions. Results: Findings showed that most of those who suffered from hoarseness used speech as a major working tool (teachers and sales people), whereas others used to work in noisy environments, including construction sites and plants. Also in this group were soldiers who were forced to shout in order to be heard over long distances. Average time gap between first symptoms and first treatment was 2.25 months, increasing to several years, in some cases. All participants reported attempts to treat the problem on their own, using "folk remedy". More than half mentioned that their work was harmed due to hoarseness, and average absence rate was 18.42 days. Some reported that hoarseness made them change their occupational field. Nearly half the participants reported that their social relations were affected by hoarseness. Conclusion: Findings may define nurses' role regarding hoarseness treatment, and direct nurses toward preventive measures, identification of potential patients, habit change guidance and ensuring that patients attend treatment on time.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"Can You Hear My Voice"- Characteristics of Patients Suffering from Hoarseness, Treatment Seeking Patterns and Implications on Quality of Lifeen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152042-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">&quot;Can You Hear My Voice&quot;- Characteristics of Patients Suffering from Hoarseness, Treatment Seeking Patterns and Implications on Quality of Life</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Granat, Pnina, MA</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Assaf Harofe Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Head Nurse of Otolaryngology Department</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rassinm@012.net.il</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Michal Rassin, PhD; Carmit Albrecht- Ya'Akov, RN; Yael Chaham, RN, BA; Olga Idelevitz, RN, BA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: Hoarseness is a common phenomenon amongst professional voice users such as teachers, singers, announcers etc. Hoarseness affects quality of life, decreases work performance and causes absenteeism and early retirement. The aims of the study was to examine characteristics of hoarse individuals, treatment seeking patterns and implications on quality of life. Methods: Data was collected from 95 patients diagnosed with hoarseness. A 32-item questionnaire was constructed&nbsp; This questionnaire included professional field, symptoms, personal and medical care patterns and implications of hoarseness on work and social lives. In addition, the questionnaire included open ended questions. Results: Findings showed that most of those who suffered from hoarseness used speech as a major working tool (teachers and sales people), whereas others used to work in noisy environments, including construction sites and plants. Also in this group were soldiers who were forced to shout in order to be heard over long distances. Average time gap between first symptoms and first treatment was 2.25 months, increasing to several years, in some cases. All participants reported attempts to treat the problem on their own, using &quot;folk remedy&quot;. More than half mentioned that their work was harmed due to hoarseness, and average absence rate was 18.42 days. Some reported that hoarseness made them change their occupational field. Nearly half the participants reported that their social relations were affected by hoarseness. Conclusion: Findings may define nurses' role regarding hoarseness treatment, and direct nurses toward preventive measures, identification of potential patients, habit change guidance and ensuring that patients attend treatment on time.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:22:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:22:11Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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