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The Future of Virtual Voice Therapy: Insights from COVID-19

The Future of Virtual Voice Therapy: Insights from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted traditional healthcare delivery methods, including voice therapy. The abrupt interruption of in-person therapy sessions has highlighted the urgent need for alternative solutions. A recent study, "The Challenge of Virtual Voice Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic," provides valuable insights that can help practitioners improve their skills and adapt to this new reality.

Voice disorders, which affect up to 30% of the general population, can severely impact social and professional lives. During the pandemic, the lack of access to voice therapy has exacerbated these issues. Telemedicine has emerged as a viable solution, offering a way to continue therapy while minimizing the risk of infection.

However, the study identifies several obstacles to the widespread adoption of virtual voice therapy:

Despite these challenges, telemedicine offers numerous benefits. It allows therapists to demonstrate exercises and monitor patients remotely, reducing the risk of viral transmission. This is particularly important for aerosol-generating procedures like semi-occluded voice therapy exercises (SOVTEs), which can spread contaminated droplets.

To make virtual voice therapy effective, therapists should consider the following strategies:

By adopting these practices, therapists can ensure continuity of care and improve outcomes for their patients. The pandemic has underscored the importance of flexibility and innovation in healthcare. Embracing telemedicine can enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of voice therapy, not just during the pandemic but in the future as well.

For practitioners interested in further research, the study offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities in virtual voice therapy. Understanding these insights can help therapists refine their approaches and better serve their patients.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: The Challenge of Virtual Voice Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Citation: Cantarella, G., Barillari, M. R., Lechien, J. R., & Pignataro, L. (2020). The Challenge of Virtual Voice Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Voice, 0892-1997. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.06.015

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