Psychological aspects of adductor spasmodic dysphonia: a prospective population controlled questionnaire study
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 31–38, February 2010
How to Cite
Kaptein, A.A., Hughes, B.M., Scharloo, M., Hondebrink, N. and Langeveld, T.P.M. (2010), Psychological aspects of adductor spasmodic dysphonia: a prospective population controlled questionnaire study. Clinical Otolaryngology, 35: 31–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-4486.2009.02070.x
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2010
- Accepted for publication 17 December 2009
Clin. Otolaryngol. 2010, 35, 31–38.
Objective: To examine psychosocial concomitants, illness perceptions, and treatment perceptions in patients with adductor spasmodic dysphonia.
Design: Prospective controlled cohort study.
Setting: A tertiary care facility.
Participants: Forty-nine out-patients (38 women, 11 men; average age of 52 years) with adductor spasmodic dysphonia completed a battery of reliable and validated psychometric assessment instruments. Control patients’ data were derived from scores in questionnaires by samples in the formal Manuals of the questionnaires used.
Main outcome measures: Psychosocial functioning, illness perceptions, and treatment perceptions.
Results: Scores on psychosocial measures were elevated in male patients especially, indicating levels of psychological morbidity significantly above those seen in the general population. Assessments of illness perceptions and treatment perceptions indicated that patients perceive that they have a very low degree of control over the disorder, and experience a high emotional impact from it. Voice Handicap Index scores illustrated substantial degrees of perceived handicap.
Conclusions: Adductor spasmodic dysphonia is associated with significant negative psychosocial concomitants, coupled with low perceived control over the condition. Future research should elucidate the implications of illness perceptions and treatment perceptions for the biopsychosocial care of persons with adductor spasmodic dysphonia in order to improve self-management and enhance quality of life.