Epidemiology of vocal pathology among primary teachers
Journal for Educators, Teachers and Trainers,
2016, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages -
AbstractOne of the main risk groups may be affected by vocal cords pathologies are the primary teachers. The aim of this review was analise the incidence of vocal pathologies according to gender and level of awareness of the primary teachers. To do this, the sample used was composed by 64 primary education teachers belonging to educational establishments in the province of Granada, who were then divided into two groups, in function of the presence, or not, of vocal pathologies. The participants completed the Research interview about socio-demographic and clinical characteristics (designed to this research) and the Voice Hamdicap Index (VHI; Jacobson et al., 1997). Although no significant differences in vocal pathologies were found between men and women, there may be underlining the clinical differences among gender, as we are aware of women manifest more pathologies than men. Statistically significant differences were observed in physical subscale, been highlighted the highest score in the group with pathology. Another statistically significant differences were found in the VHI total score, been highlighted the highest score in the group with pathology too. The final results are interesting enough to demonstrate the Voice Handicap Index (VHI) usefulness.
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