Are there effective alternative therapies to the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Other therapies have been suggested for the treatment of the vocal symptoms in Parkinson disease, but most data so far support LSVT as the most promising therapy for Parkinson disease laryngeal symptoms. Alternative methods of delivering therapy that do not involve 16 face-to-face sessions with a therapist are currently being studied. These methods incorporate webcam delivery of LSVT (eLOUD) and software programs that patients can perform at home. These technologically enhanced methods, when used to replace half of the face-to-face sessions, have documented outcomes that are equivalent to classic LSVT. The hope is that such alternatives will be implemented to allow a less transportation-intensive therapy course for the patient and to allow follow-up review of the LSVT techniques as needed.


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