Effectiveness of the Teacher's Vocal Health Program (TVHP) in the Municipal Education Network of Campo Grande, MS

J Voice. 2018 Nov;32(6):681-688. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.08.029. Epub 2017 Oct 12.

Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the Teacher's Vocal Health Program in the Municipal Education Network in Campo Grande, MS, in the 2016 school year so as to reduce or extinguish the high prevalence of vocal symptoms among teachers.

Methods: This is an experimental research with convenience sampling of 48 teachers presenting with vocal symptoms. The Vocal Symptoms Scale was used to collect data, which according to the criteria of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Medical Outcomes Trust, present proved psychometric properties and is specific to evaluate individuals with vocal alterations. The proposed Vocal Program is considered as a brief intervention one (3 months) and consists of qualification or instruction, as well as application of 5 daily vocal techniques and is controlled through individual monitoring spreadsheets.

Results: The total score average had statistically significant reduction in the experimental group when compared with the control group, which represents a positive effect concerning the program adhesion. The fact that there was no nullity in the subscales (limitations, physical, emotional) means that even submitted to the intervention, the teachers still present with vocal symptoms.

Conclusion: Teacher's Vocal Health Program represents an effective Vocal Health Program model for the teachers.

Keywords: Collective health; Speech therapy; Teacher; Voice; Voice training.

MeSH terms

  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / physiopathology
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Prevalence
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Factors
  • School Teachers*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Voice Disorders / diagnosis
  • Voice Disorders / epidemiology
  • Voice Disorders / physiopathology
  • Voice Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Voice Quality*
  • Voice Training*