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Document ID (ISN)109570
CIS number 09-570
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Munier C., Kinsella R.
Title The prevalence and impact of voice problems in primary school teachers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.58, No.1, p.74-76. Illus. 9 ref.
Internet access http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/58/1/74 [in English]
Abstract Teachers have been identified as being at increased risk of developing an occupational voice disorder. Primary school teachers are particularly at risk as they have little opportunity for voice rest during the working day. To analyse the prevalence and impact of voice problems, an 85-item questionnaire was administered to 550 primary school teachers from 42 schools in the greater Dublin area, Ireland. A response rate of 55% was obtained. Results suggest that 27% suffered from a voice problem and 53% from an intermittent voice problem, while only 20% had no voice problem. Teachers of the junior classes were more vulnerable to developing a voice problem than those of senior classes. The most common symptoms were dry throat and vocal fatigue. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) dysphonia; teaching; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; children; questionnaire survey; symptoms; Ireland
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland; Ireland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Teaching and educational institutions
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)