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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 116-123

Impact of voice conservation sensitization program in nursing trainees: A pre–post comparison

1 Department of Speech-Language Sciences, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Manasagangothri, Mysuru 570006, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar 563103, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Krishna Yeshoda
Department of Speech-Language Sciences, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Manasagangothri, Mysuru 570006, Karnataka.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_34_20

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Introduction: Vocal hygiene sensitization programs help in propagating the information about conservation of voice in a swift manner to a target population. Nurses being bridge between patients and doctors help patients understand or convey important information. Hence, nursing trainees formed the target group for the sensitization program on voice conservation and care. Materials and Methods: Ninety-two nursing trainees and their faculty participated in a one-day sensitization program on vocal hygiene. The program consisted of two lectures on the anatomy and physiology of voice and vocal hygiene for voice conservation and voice care. Participants’ familiarity of the topic was assessed using a questionnaire before and after the lectures. Results: There was a significant increase in percent correct response from 77.41% to 91.46% after the program. Out of 10 questions, eight had increase in scores, one had decreased score, and one question remained the same. Conclusion: Improved percent correct response scores of the participants in the post test implied better awareness about the voice production mechanism and conservation of voice and its care. The results could imply that such programs could improve dissemination of information pertaining to voice use, conservation of voice, and helping in reducing the occurrence of voice problems in different groups of professional voice users.

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