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Information Exchange is dedicated to data collecting, audits, surveys and research – putting those in the field of voice in touch with each other. If you would like your project to be listed here, please email: administrator@britishvoiceassociation.org.uk with the following information:

  • Your contact name
  • Your email address and phone number
  • A brief description of your research project and objectives.
  • A link to your proposed project (if available)

Disclaimer: Inclusion on this web page does not constitute endorsement by the British Voice Association.

 

An investigation into the impact of a critical incident for professional voice users (actors and singers based in the UK)

20/02/18

Contact: Pippa Anderson / pip.anderson@rocketmail.com

I am currently studying with Voice Workshop on the Postgraduate pathway. I am researching performers experiences of ‘voice issues’ that have a significant impact on career or personal life. The results will be collated and the findings documented. The data will be analysed and any emergent themes will be identified. Additionally, the research seeks to investigate where prevention could have been implemented.

For the purpose of this research project, there are three parts to the definition of 'critical incident.' Participants must have had experience of:

  1. An issue with the voice resulting in voice loss or an adverse change in the voice which meant they were unable to perform for a period of time.
  2. A vocal issue which required medical intervention.
  3. A voice issue which perpetuated a change in lifestyle, a career hold or a career path change for a short period of time or for the long term.

If this applies to you, I would be very grateful if you would fill out this short research questionnaire:

 

Speech Therapy Survey

20/10/17

Contact: Melissa Peter / mpet4896@uni.sydney.edu.au / +61422169704

I am a first year PhD Student as well as a speech-language pathologist currently exploring influencing factors and outcomes of speech pathology services for children 16 years of age and under delivered through telepractice from a client family and speech-language clinician’s perspective. Your participation in this survey will help provide answers to many questions that have arisen in the literature on telepractice over the past 8 years. You are invited to participate in a survey on dimensions of speech pathology services with children < 16 years via telepractice if you:

  • are fluent in English
  • are a professionally qualified speech pathologist (speech-language pathologist/speech-language clinician/speech therapist)
  • do not have experience with telepractice but are familiar with speech and language services for children through telepractice (telehealth/e-health)

OR

  • have conducted at least 1 speech and language therapy session with a child under 16 years of age via telepractice (telehealth/e-health)

The survey would take 15 minutes for those who are familiar with telepractice without experience and about 25 minutes for those with telepractice experience. Because the survey is anonymous, you will not be able to log in and log out of the survey and will need to complete it in one sitting.

You may access the survey here: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=RNLCF9A3L4

 

Research project: How successful are the current rehabilitation methods for treating vocal dysfunction in professional singers?

31/07/17

Contact: Alice Wesson / singer.awesson@gmail.com / 07891 360375

I am nearing the completion of my Masters degree in Professional Voice Practice at Birmingham School of Acting. Prior to my Masters degree I studied for a BA in Musical Theatre. I am currently undertaking research into finding singers and speech and language therapists’ perspectives and opinions on how successful they feel the voice rehabilitation process currently is for singers with vocal dysfunction. Is the rehabilitation process geared more toward the spoken voice, and therefore the singer is less likely to use the exercises given during rehabilitation as a part of their daily vocal warm up routine?

I am interested in hearing from anyone who takes interest in this topic or has anything they feel that they could put forward to influence my research. Also, I am looking specifically to interview singers who have suffered with vocal dysfunction themselves, as well as speech and language therapists who work closely with voice rehabilitation in singers. Semi-structured interviews will help me gain various individual perspectives on the subject. Any thoughts on the subject put forward will help to influence and focus my research project invaluably.

Singers who have/had suffered with vocal dysfunction please feel free to fill out my short online survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3ZS9FGT

 

Research: Vocal Health Awareness in Singing Students and Teachers

01/03/17

Contact: Anneliese Sayes / anneliese.sayes@rcm.ac.uk / 07815 634494

I am a junior doctor and singer, currently studying for a Masters in Performance Science at the RCM. I am undertaking research into the current knowledge levels of vocal anatomy, physiology and pathology in Singing Students (within the conservatoire and university systems) and Singing Teachers. I am currently recruiting singing teachers and singing students to complete a short 10-15 minute questionnaire. There is a separate questionnaire for students and singers.

The project has been reviewed by my supervisory team, who are members of the CUK Research Ethics Committee (REC).

Questionnaires can be downloaded here: bapam.org.uk/news/vocal-health-research/

 

Benign vocal fold lesions (polyps, cysts, nodules) + post-operative voice therapy

30/01/17

Contact: Anna White / anna.white@nottshc.nhs.uk / anna.white-3@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

I am a Speech and Language Therapist working in Nottingham and I am currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Research at the University of Manchester. My dissertation will be preliminary work into the development of a treatment schedule for patients who have undergone surgery for benign vocal fold lesions such as polyps, cysts and nodules. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has an interest in this area and who has thoughts, questions, uncertainties and/or frustrations about this area of voice therapy. Your thoughts will help to influence the focus of the study.

In addition, I am looking for Specialist Speech and Language Therapists (Band 6 and above) who would like to be involved in a semi-structured interview discussing their views on post operative voice therapy. Interviews will last a maximum of an hour. I am seeking therapists who work in Voice disorders and who regularly see this patient group (defined as delivering post operative voice therapy at least once a month). Therapists must work in the NHS setting in England. If you are interested, please get in touch via e-mail anna.white@nottshc.nhs.uk or anna.white-3@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk and I will send you an information sheet.

 

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