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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2015 Sep;124(9):721-7. doi: 10.1177/0003489415579911. Epub 2015 Apr 3.

The Quality of Life Burden Associated With Voice Disorders in Sjögren's Syndrome.

Author information

1
Department of Communication Disorders, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA kristine_tanner@byu.edu.
2
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
3
Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA.
4
Division of Rheumatology, The University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
5
Division of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, The University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined quality of life burden of voice disorders in Sjögren's syndrome (SS).

METHODS:

Patients with SS (n = 101) completed interviews involving patient-reported histories of voice disorders, specific voice symptoms, SS disease severity, the Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL), and the general health-related quality of life Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaires. Relationships among voice symptoms, disease severity, and quality-of-life measures were examined and compared with patient-reported voice disorders.

RESULTS:

Significant correlations were observed among voice symptoms, disease severity, V-RQOL, SF-36, and patient-reported voice disorders (P < .05). Patients with SS who reported a voice disorder experienced a greater burden on general quality of life as compared with those without voice disorders. Specific voice symptoms significantly correlated with reduced SF-36 scores included frequent throat-clearing, throat soreness, difficulty projecting, and vocal discomfort. Despite the added burden of a voice disorder on quality of life in SS, voice-related treatment seeking was low (15.8%). However, the majority of patients who received voice treatment reported voice improvement.

CONCLUSIONS:

Individuals with SS frequently experience voice disorders and specific voice-related symptoms that are associated with reduced quality of life. These findings have important implications for voice referral practices and voice disorder symptom management in this population.

KEYWORDS:

SF-36; Sjögren’s syndrome; V-RQOL; autoimmune disease; voice disorders

PMID:
25841042
DOI:
10.1177/0003489415579911
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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