Reference : Voice related complaints in the pediatric population
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Human health sciences : Otolaryngology
Voice related complaints in the pediatric population
Verduyckt, Ingrid mailto [> >]
Remacle, Marc mailto [> >]
Jamart, Jacques mailto [> >]
Benderitter, Céline [> >]
Morsomme, Dominique mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cognitives > Logopédie des troubles de la voix >]
Journal of Voice
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St Louis
[en] Dysphonia ; Children–Parental proxy ; Subjective evaluation
[en] Subjective evaluation of the voice by the patient is routinely assessed in the adult dysphonic population; this Q6 is, however, not the case in the pediatric population. There were three objectives of this study: the first goal was to study the ability of children aged 5–13 years to express themselves about physical, emotional, and sociofunctional aspects of their voice. The second goal was to explore if specific voice-related complaints were expressed by dysphonic children as compared with normophonic children. The third goal was to compare the dysphonic children’s voice-related complaints with those of their mothers. The overall objective was to set the grounds for the elaboration of a standardized questionnaire in French concerning subjective evaluation of voice in children. Twenty-five dysphonic children with vocal complaint (15 nodules, one polyp, one microweb, eight unspecified) and 55 normophonic children aged 5–13 years were
interviewed. The interviews were semistructured based on a canvas of voice-related questions. The dysphonic children’s mothers were interviewed with the mean of a written questionnaire and were invited to discuss their answers orally with the examiner. The results were analyzed ualitatively and statistically.AChi-square test and the Fisher’s test were used to analyze the differences between the complaints expressed by the dysphonic and the normophonic children, and a binomial test was used to compare the children’s answers with their mothers’ answers. The qualitative analysis of the interviews suggests that children are capable of reflecting over their ownvoice and of giving autonomous information about different aspects of their voice. It also appeared that voice is a complex phenomenon and that it needs to be clearly and cautiously
defined to the children.We identified 27 different complaints related to the voice, out of which 17 were significantly more expressed by dysphonic than by normophonic children (P < 0.05). Three of the 27 identified complaints show significant discordances between the mothers and the dysphonic children. The results suggest that children are capable of making a subjective and autonomous evaluation of their voice and that dysphonic children experience significantly more voicerelated discomfort than nondysphonic children. The complaints expressed by the dysphonic children and their mothers are not all in concordance. The main conclusion is that a standardized subjective evaluation of the voice, not only by the parents but also by the child itself, would be relevant in the assessment of pediatric dysphonia.

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