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Enhancing Your Voice Therapy Skills During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence-Based Guidelines

Enhancing Your Voice Therapy Skills During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence-Based Guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the landscape of healthcare delivery, including voice therapy. According to the research article "Voice Therapy in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines for Clinical Practice," authored by Castillo-Allendes et al. (2020), there are critical adaptations that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must make to ensure both effective therapy and safety.

The article outlines 65 recommendations, developed by a group of 11 experts from five different countries, for managing voice disorders during the pandemic. These guidelines were created following the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery rules and achieved a 95% consensus among the experts. Here, we summarize some of the key takeaways to help practitioners improve their skills and encourage further research.

Key Recommendations for Voice Therapy During COVID-19

1. Personal Protection and Prevention Measures

2. Telepractice as a Viable Option

3. Early Intervention Post-IMV

4. Psychosocial Considerations

These guidelines are designed to provide immediate, evidence-based recommendations for voice therapists during the COVID-19 pandemic. They emphasize the importance of safety measures, the viability of telepractice, and the need for early intervention post-IMV. By implementing these guidelines, practitioners can continue to provide high-quality care while mitigating the risk of virus transmission.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Voice Therapy in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines for Clinical Practice.


Citation: Castillo-Allendes, A., Contreras-Ruston, F., Cantor-Cutiva, L. C., Codino, J., Guzman, M., Malebran, C., Manzano, C., Pavez, A., Vaiano, T., Wilder, F., & Behlau, M. (2020). Voice Therapy in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines for Clinical Practice. Journal of Voice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.08.001

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