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.




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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