Factors associated with voice complaints in community health agents

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Purpose: To verify the prevalence of vocal complaints and their association with sociodemographic, economic, occupational, and behavioral factors among the population of Community Health Agents (CHA). Methods: This is a cross-sectional and analytical study conducted in the city of Montes Claros, MG, in which 674 CHA participated. Data were collected via a self-administered questionnaire that includes sociodemographic, economic, behavioral, occupational, and voice-use aspects based on the Screening Index for Voice Disorder (SIVD). Bivariate analysis was performed by Pearson’s chi-square test and Poisson multiple regression with robust variance to verify the association between the variables. Results: There was a high prevalence of vocal complaints, the most cited being dry throat, throat clearing, tiredness when talking, and hoarseness. We observed a significant association between female gender, lack of restful sleep, alcohol use, regular to very poor self-rated health, and anxiety. Conclusion: There was a significant percentage of vocal complaints, and the associated factors found will guide actions to promote vocal and general health.

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de Almeida Nunes Murta, J., Barbosa, M. S., Caldeira, A. P., Barbosa-Medeiros, M. R., & Rossi-Barbosa, L. A. R. (2021). Factors associated with voice complaints in community health agents. CODAS, 33(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1590/2317-1782/20202020017

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