Home-based speech treatment for Parkinson's disease delivered remotely: a case report

J Telemed Telecare. 2010;16(2):100-4. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2009.090306. Epub 2009 Dec 11.

Abstract

We investigated the validity and feasibility of online delivery of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) for the treatment of the speech disorder of a patient with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. The treatment was delivered in 16 sessions to the participant's home, 90 km from the speech language pathologist. A PC-based videoconferencing system was used, operating at 128 kbit/s over the public telecommunications network. The patient achieved substantial improvements in vocal sound pressure levels during sustained vowel phonation (6.13 dB), reading (12.28 dB) and conversational monologue (11.32 dB). There were improvements in the duration of sustained vowel phonation (4 s). Improvements were also perceived in the degree of breathiness and roughness in the voice, and in overall speech intelligibility in conversation. The patient was very satisfied with the audio and video quality of the conferencing, and with the online treatment overall. He reported a preference for online sessions for the future management of his condition, rather than face-to-face treatment. Remote LSVT delivery was found to be feasible and effective.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Speech Therapy / methods*
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Video Recording / methods
  • Voice Training