Minerva

Minerva

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39569.722836.47 (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1078

The effectiveness of interventions used to treat functional dysphonia and to prevent voice disorders in adults was assessed in a systematic review and meta-analysis in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (2008;138:557-65; www.otojournal.org/article/S0194-5998(08)00090-9/abstract). The best option seems to be a combination of direct and indirect voice therapy—as seen in self reported and observer rated outcomes, as well as instrumentally assessed vocal functioning. Publication bias probably enhanced the size of the findings. Voice training did not seem to prevent problems developing.

Gaza’s mental health problems are the focus of a meeting to be convened by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (a Palestinian non-profit organisation established in 1990) and the World Health Organization, 27-29 October 2008. Since 1990, the population of the Gaza Strip has been subjected to occupation and siege conditions, and the meeting is titled Siege and Mental Health . . . Walls vs Bridges. If the siege remains, the meeting itself may have to be conducted through video …

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