V-RQOLVoice-Related Quality of Life
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On the other hand, snorers did have a worse V-RQOL score than the controls, indicating that snoring had more of an impact on their voices.
Comparisons of vocal symptoms and V-RQOL scores in the two groups Snorers Controls n (%) n (%) Hoarseness Yes 11 (36.
In order to analyze the association of these variables with the V-RQOL results the mean values of the continuous variables (age, V-RQOL score, satisfaction and time of surgery) were calculated, thus generating two categorical variables (above and below the mean) to study the association between them.
Regarding the V-RQOL (Table 2), the mean of the general scores was calculated (59.
When relating the rehabilitation method with the global V-RQOL score showed that six electronic larynx users are in the <60 category and two in the 60+ category.
When studying the association between the results of the V-RQOL with teh results from satisfaction with communication, it may be seen that the level of satisfaction positively influences voice-related quality of life levels.
The subjects with tracheoesophageal prosthesis had the best V-RQOL scores.
The relation of rehabilitation with the global V-RQOL scores showed that six electronic larynx speakers had levels of voice-related quality of life that were lower than the mean, and only two were above the mean.
Using a tracheostoma, the loss of laryngeal voice, in addition to the impossibility of immersion in water are reasons that, albeit physical, may harm the emotional domain of the V-RQOL.
This is an important finding that shows that the V-RQOL instrument is a very accurate measurement of communication satisfaction for totally laryngectomized patients.
In relation to the self-evaluation, it was noticed a significant improvement in V-RQOL, scores [19,23], in the Dysphonia Risk Screening Protocol [21], a decrease in Vocal Handicap Index scores, self-reported positive effect of the therapeutic program on voice [17,19], significant reduction in perception of the phonation effort [19], a decrease in inadequate habits and vocal symptoms [9].