Phonogenic Voice Problems among Speech-Language Pathologists in Synchronous Telepractice: An Overview and Recommendations

Semin Speech Lang. 2021 Jan;42(1):73-84. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1722754. Epub 2021 Feb 17.


Many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) recently adopted a live, synchronous online distribution of clinical services due to physical distancing measures aimed at bringing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak under control. Few SLPs had received training in telepractice to prepare them for changes from an in-person service delivery model to synchronous telepractice. The new telepractice environment may alter vocal behaviors and communication interactions in such a way that negatively impacts voice production. Thus, delivering synchronous online clinical services may require that SLPs adopt novel prevention strategies for avoiding phonogenic voice problems. Guided by two complementary injury frameworks, the Haddon Matrix and the Haddon Countermeasures, this article provides an overview of potential factors associated with phonogenic voice problems among SLPs in telepractice and proposes possible prevention strategies to maintain optimal vocal health and function with synchronous modes of online clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / complications
  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Internet-Based Intervention
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Risk Factors
  • Speech Sound Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Speech Sound Disorder / prevention & control*
  • Speech-Language Pathology*
  • Telerehabilitation*
  • Voice Quality