ACU speech pathologist appointed to prestigious Cochrane Systematic Reviews

Published: Wednesday 25th November 2015

Professor Paul Carding, National Discipline Lead, School of Allied Health, has been appointed as senior author for two prestigious Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

The reviews are entitled: Interventions for treating functional dysphonia in adults and Interventions for unilateral vocal fold paralysis.  Both projects involve an international expert authorship and will be published in 2016.

Functional dysphonia is a common condition mainly affecting those who use their voices in their occupation – for example; teachers, salespeople and receptionists.

“Functional dysphonia can often be extremely debilitating and sufferers are often unable to work and under significant pressure and distress.  This review will investigate speech pathology based interventions to treat this disorder,” said Professor Carding.

Unilateral vocal fold paralysis is a condition which results in the lack of movement of one side of the larynx (voice box).  This is often caused by surgical trauma or disease of the specific cranial nerve.

“This systematic review will investigate all interventions to treat this condition including surgical, speech pathology and alternative treatments,” said Professor Carding.

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care.

The UK-based Cochrane Centre is funded mainly by National Institute of Health Research and the Australasian Cochrane Centre is funded by the Australian Government through NHMRC.

Professor Carding is based at our Brisbane campus and is the National Discipline Lead for Speech Pathology at ACU.

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