Noninvasive Management of Voice Disorders: An Umbrella Review.

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OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess published systematic reviews that discussed noninvasive management of voice disorders. An umbrella review was conducted to collect, organize, and summarize narratively all available pharmacologic and voice therapy interventions.

STUDY DESIGN: Umbrella review of systematic reviews.

METHODS: Pertinent systematic reviews were identified by searching Pubmed/Medline and Embase. A primary screen identified studies related to voice. The second round of screening focused on studies that involved noninvasive management of voice disorders such as pharmacologic or voice therapy interventions. Variables of interest included study design, number of studies included in the review, target population, method of intervention, and outcomes.

RESULTS: Forty-three systematic reviews were eligible and included in the umbrella review. Ten studies focused on pharmacologic interventions, and 33 studies focused on voice therapy. Individual studies included in the systematic reviews ranged from 2-47, with a total of 601 studies overall.

CONCLUSIONS: This study provides a detailed review of all available systematic reviews on noninvasive management of voice disorders. Explored medications included proton pump inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, antibiotics, corticosteroids, and hormone replacement. Explored voice therapy techniques included hydration, vocal function exercises, laryngeal manual therapy, respiratory exercise, biofeedback, phonation, coping strategies, and others. This may be utilized to guide therapeutic decision-making and identify current gaps in the literature that may warrant future investigation.


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