Vocal Health Care amongst Hindustani Classical Singers– A Mixed Methods, Cross-Sectional Survey

Raveena M. Nair, Rohit Ravi, Ashwini Joshi, Srijan Deshpande, Dhanshree R. Gunjawate

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Abstract

Objectives: The objective of the present survey was to profile the knowledge, attitude, and practices towards vocal health care amongst Hindustani classical singers. Study Design: Mixed-methods, cross-sectional questionnaire-based study. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire was developed and used to gather data on the knowledge, attitude, and practices of Hindustani classical singers towards vocal health care. An online survey link was generated, and responses were collected from self-identified trained Hindustani classical singers. Descriptive statistics was carried out for the closed-ended questions and inductive approach was used to analyse the responses of open-ended questions. Results: Ninety-four self-identified trained Hindustani classical singers participated in the study. The responses indicate good knowledge towards vocal health measures and positive attitudes towards vocal health care. The open-ended responses were analysed using an inductive approach. Although, 70% were aware about role of a speech language pathologist, only 9.7% reported of consulting one in the event of voice problem. Further, 70% singers reported of following precautions to avoid voice problems while 85.1% considered voice rest as necessary before a performance. The singers reported of using home remedies, vocal and non-vocal measures as a part of vocal health measures. Conclusions: The present study helps to profile the knowledge, attitude, and practices towards vocal health care amongst Hindustani classical singers. It also helps to provide a basis for further studies to establish an empirical basis for the reported practices towards vocal health care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Voice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing

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