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Research at Mass General
The Center is currently involved in the following clinical investigations:
The primary objective of this study is to determine the impact of voice therapy on voice-related quality of life in children age 6-10 years old with apparent vocal fold nodules, as measured by the validated Pediatric Voice-Related Quality of Life Instrument (PVRQOL) administered 4 weeks after completion of voice therapy.
We are currently seeking male and female children between the ages of 6 to 10 years of age diagnosed with vocal nodules. Those who are interested in the study will undergo videostroboscopy or in some cases operative microsuspension laryngoscopy if in-office stroboscopy cannot be tolerated. They will also undergo aerodynamic and acoustic assessments as well as an audiology exam. If subjects qualify for the study, they will receive 6 to 12 weeks of vocal therapy with a certified speech language pathologist depending to which vocal therapy program they are randomly assigned.
We are currently seeking children ages 1 month to 18 years of age who are undergoing largyngoscopy and bronchoscopy for airway evaluation and who are already scheduled for general anesthesia with intravenous catheter placement as part of standard clinical care.
We are also conducting investigational studies in:
MGHfC Airway Voice Swallowing Research
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
For more information regarding any of the research currently being conducted at the Center, please contact 617-573-4206.
For further information on the vocal therapy study, please contact Vanessa De Guzman at 617-573-3191 or email Vanessa_deguzman@meei.harvard.edu.
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