Objective: Alterations in voice intensity and quality may constitute a social life limitation in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but only 2% of cases receive speech therapy. Especially the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)-Loud is a highly effective intensive method for voice intensity, requiring subjects’ repeated attendance at the clinic. Telerehabilitation may represent a feasible solution to bypass potential barriers related to speech therapy attendance, scaling up the beneficial effects of the treatment to a broader population. The proposed protocol aims to test the feasibility and the pilot efficacy of the LSVT-Loud delivered in telerehabilitation (Tele-LSVT-Loud), compared to the same treatment delivered in the clinic (LSVT-Loud). Methods: A single-blinded, parallel, two-arm, pilot randomized (1:1 ratio) controlled trial will be performed involving 20 people with MS. Patients will be allocated to 4 weeks of Tele-LSVT-Loud by accessing a telerehabilitation platform at home or LSVT-Loud conventionally delivered in the clinic. Feasibility and pilot effectiveness will be evaluated three times: before (T0), after the treatment (T1), and 3-month follow-up (T2). Feasibility measures will include adherence, adverse events, user experience, motivation, engagement, and acceptability. Vocal intensity during a 1-minute monologue will be the primary outcome measure. Secondary outcome measures will be the vocal quality during a 1-minute monologue, sustained /a/ voice intensity, quality and stability, voice use in daily life, voice subjective perception in daily life, and quality of life. Results: Expected results will be (1) high feasibility of Tele-LSVT-Loud and (2) a non-inferiority effect of Tele-LSVT-Loud compared with face-to-face treatment delivery on voice intensity and quality outcomes. Conclusions: Tele-LSVT-Loud may be a feasible intervention for MS alteration in voice intensity and quality with a non-inferior effect compared to LSVT-Loud.

Vitali, C., Fusari, G., Baldanzi, C., Cacciatore, D., Crispiatico, V., Carullo, A., et al. (2023). Telerehabilitation for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (Tele-LSVT)-Loud on voice intensity and voice use in daily living in people with multiple sclerosis: A protocol for a feasibility and pilot randomized controlled study. DIGITAL HEALTH, 9 [10.1177/20552076231218150].

Telerehabilitation for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (Tele-LSVT)-Loud on voice intensity and voice use in daily living in people with multiple sclerosis: A protocol for a feasibility and pilot randomized controlled study

Crispiatico, Valeria;
2023

Abstract

Objective: Alterations in voice intensity and quality may constitute a social life limitation in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but only 2% of cases receive speech therapy. Especially the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)-Loud is a highly effective intensive method for voice intensity, requiring subjects’ repeated attendance at the clinic. Telerehabilitation may represent a feasible solution to bypass potential barriers related to speech therapy attendance, scaling up the beneficial effects of the treatment to a broader population. The proposed protocol aims to test the feasibility and the pilot efficacy of the LSVT-Loud delivered in telerehabilitation (Tele-LSVT-Loud), compared to the same treatment delivered in the clinic (LSVT-Loud). Methods: A single-blinded, parallel, two-arm, pilot randomized (1:1 ratio) controlled trial will be performed involving 20 people with MS. Patients will be allocated to 4 weeks of Tele-LSVT-Loud by accessing a telerehabilitation platform at home or LSVT-Loud conventionally delivered in the clinic. Feasibility and pilot effectiveness will be evaluated three times: before (T0), after the treatment (T1), and 3-month follow-up (T2). Feasibility measures will include adherence, adverse events, user experience, motivation, engagement, and acceptability. Vocal intensity during a 1-minute monologue will be the primary outcome measure. Secondary outcome measures will be the vocal quality during a 1-minute monologue, sustained /a/ voice intensity, quality and stability, voice use in daily life, voice subjective perception in daily life, and quality of life. Results: Expected results will be (1) high feasibility of Tele-LSVT-Loud and (2) a non-inferiority effect of Tele-LSVT-Loud compared with face-to-face treatment delivery on voice intensity and quality outcomes. Conclusions: Tele-LSVT-Loud may be a feasible intervention for MS alteration in voice intensity and quality with a non-inferior effect compared to LSVT-Loud.
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digital health; hypophonia; multiple sclerosis; speech therapy; Telerehabilitation; voice intensity;
English
6-dic-2023
2023
9
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Vitali, C., Fusari, G., Baldanzi, C., Cacciatore, D., Crispiatico, V., Carullo, A., et al. (2023). Telerehabilitation for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (Tele-LSVT)-Loud on voice intensity and voice use in daily living in people with multiple sclerosis: A protocol for a feasibility and pilot randomized controlled study. DIGITAL HEALTH, 9 [10.1177/20552076231218150].
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