The design and implementation of preventative voice care programs (PVCP) for teachers: a scoping review

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Background: Teachers are a large population of occupational voice users and report a high incidence of voice problems (Martin, 2020). Preventative voice care programs (PVCP) for teachers have been designed and implemented to reduce vocal symptoms and change unhealthy vocal habits (Duffy & Hazlett, 2004; Ilomäki et al., 2008). Despite the effectiveness of current PVCP programs, accessibility and adherence to program recommendations is an ongoing problem (Bovo et al., 2007; Chan, 1994; Pasa et al., 2007). Current PVCP align closely with pedagogical models of learning (Van Stan et al., 2015) where the dissemination of learning materials is passively received by a learner. Andragogy and heutagogy, two adult learning theories, suggest collaboration, co-design and acknowledgement of learner's past experiences could positively impact the learning experience and increase adherence to PVCP (Knowles, 1977). Similarly, greater use of telepractice in the delivery of PVCP has potential to address accessibility and provide options for those in remote locations (Grillo, 2017; Grillo, 2021; Karatayli Ozgursoy et al., 2022). An understanding of how current programs are designed and implemented is needed to identify the strengths, limitations and areas for improvement. Therefore, the aim of this evidence review is to detail how current programs are designed and implemented with consideration of co-design and the learning theory continuum.

Method: A scoping review was undertaken using the JBI framework. The search was conducted using Medline, CINAHL, Scopus, Emcare, Web of Science, PsycInfo and grey literature. Two reviewers independently screened the articles and a third reviewer helped to resolve conflicts.

Results: 1629 sources were identified for the first stage of screening. 63 reached the full-text screening stage. 43 met the criteria for data extraction. Key areas for extraction included Study demographics, Design, Implementation and Learning Theories. The data will be tabulated and the emergent themes will be collated and reported.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023
Event5th Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference: Laryngology: What now. What next? - Luna Park, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 Nov 202312 Nov 2023
Conference number: 5th


Conference5th Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference
Abbreviated titleLSA 2023
OtherThe LSA Conference is always a highly anticipated event; a renowned platform for delivering expert content across all areas of laryngology to speech pathologists, ENT specialists, laryngologists and all those specialising in care of the larynx including voice, airway and swallowing.

The conference has continued to grow and attract national and international attention and Laryngology Sydney 2023 will be no exception. This conference will see us partnering with the International Association of Phonosurgery to deliver a world-class scientific program. With four prominent keynote speakers, specialised workshops and expert speakers from around the globe, we are confident we will continue to meet the high standard of previous conferences.
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Awarded Best Poster at the Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference 2023.


  • Preventative Voice Care Programs (PVCP)
  • Vocal symptoms
  • Teaching methods


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