Review of the Multidisciplinary Voice Clinic in a District General Hospital of the United Kingdom

Louise Marie Evans, Parry Haf Beca, Helen Patterson, Alagar Chandra Mohan
2016 Bengal Journal of Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery  
Introduction The Voice Clinic is a multidisciplinary specialist voice clinic. Our aim is to review patient demographics, subjective symptoms both at presentation and 16 months post clinic and patient satisfaction. Methods A retrospective review of all pre treatment voice clinic questionnaires for all new patients who attended the voice clinic over a 3-month period. A telephone interview was conducted 16 months after first presentation to determine patient satisfaction and whether patient's
more » ... ther patient's symptoms had improved. Results A total of 25 patients who had completed a pre clinic questionnaire were identified, 17/25 completed the follow up interview. 88% of patients reported symptoms of ≥ 6 months duration. 41% underwent Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), 24% had medical management, 6% surgery, and 30% were given advice only. On a severity scale of 1- 10 (10 most severe) 40% rated their voice severity to be ≥5/10 at presentation, 16 months later this was 11% of patients. 56% rated the impact of their voice on their life to be ≥ 5/10 at presentation, 16 months later this was 6%. Conclusion Although limited the review shows that for the majority of patients their symptoms and quality of life improved after review at the multidisciplinary clinic.
doi:10.47210/bjohns.2016.v24i3.97 fatcat:4jwfswgywbcwrhkbi6g4f4co7q