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Lee Silverman voice treatment versus standard NHS speech and language therapy versus control in Parkinson's disease (PD COMM pilot): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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Trials 2014 ; 15:213

Authors: Catherine M Sackley, Christina H Smith, Caroline Rick, Marian C Brady, Natalie Ives, Ramilla Patel, Helen Roberts, Francis Dowling, Sue Jowett, Keith Wheatley, Smitaa Patel, Debbie Kelly, Gina Sands, Carl Clarke

Parkinson's disease is a common movement disorder affecting approximately 127,000 people in the UK, with an estimated two thirds having speech-related problems. Currently there is no preferred approach to speech and language therapy within the NHS and there is little evidence for the effectiveness of standard NHS therapy or Lee Silverman voice treatment. This trial aims to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of randomizing people with Parkinson's disease-related speech or voice problems to Lee Silverman voice treatment or standard speech and language therapy compared to a no-intervention control.

PMID: 24908096 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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