Examining the Spasmodic Dysphonia Diagnosis and Assessment Procedure (SD-DAP) for Measuring Symptom Change

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2015 by Emory University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hyder A. Jinnah, MD, PhD, Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: February 11, 2014
Last updated: February 10, 2015
Last verified: February 2015

This is a study of patients with spasmodic dysphonia to determine how best to measure the severity of the disorder in patients. It addresses which characteristics of speech are the best indicator of whether or not a particular treatment has benefited a person with spasmodic dysphonia. We hope to recruit 20 participants each at 2 different centers. The evaluation for each participant will be done on a two visits, one just before and another several weeks after treatment.

Spasmodic Dysphonia
Laryngeal Dystonia

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Validity and Reliability of the Spasmodic Dysphonia Diagnosis and Assessment Procedure (SD-DAP) for Quantifying Symptom Change

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Further study details as provided by Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • SD-DAP [ Time Frame: 2-4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Identify items within the SD-DAP that are sensitive to symptom reduction when participants with spasmodic dysphonia are treated with botulinum toxin.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: October 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

This is a study of changes in voice and laryngeal function with treatment recorded using the Spasmodic Dysphonia Diagnosis and Assessment Procedure (SD-DAP). Persons with adductor spasmodic dysphonia will complete a questionnaire on the Voice Handicap Index (VHI) and ratings of speech effort as well as have their speech recorded and receive a nasolaryngoscopy examination prior to their usual treatment with botulinum toxin injection into the laryngeal muscles for their voice disorder. They will return for re-examination several weeks later after their injection and repeat each of the examinations. The purpose is to determine which items on the SD-DAP are sensitive to changes in the severity of their voice disorder. The items that show sensitivity would be those that would be useful for assessing voice outcomes in clinical trials. Some of the questions this study is trying to answer are

  • What is the best way to measure the severity of spasmodic dysphonia?
  • How does treatment of spasmodic dysphonia by botulinum toxin injection affect voice for communication in regular daily life in spasmodic dysphonia
  • Is change in speaking effort related to the change in severity of spasmodic dysphonia with botulinum toxin injection?

Each participant in this study will be asked to do the following:

  • Provide a copy of medical records and medical history relating to the diagnosis of spasmodic dysphonia.
  • Have an examination by an otolaryngologist with a medical periscope inserted in the throat to view the voice box in action. The examination will be so it can be reviewed later by several different experts.
  • Complete questionnaires regarding the severity of their disorder before and after receiving their usual treatment; an injection of botulinum toxin into the laryngeal muscles.
  • Repeat a speech recording and laryngeal examination before and after treatment

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

People with spasmodic dysphonia are eligible for this study.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • be clinically diagnosed with primary spasmodic dysphonia (laryngeal dystonia)
  • be 18 years of age or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • be diagnosed with secondary spasmodic dysphonia (laryngeal dystonia)
  • be younger than 18 years of age
  • unable to complete questionnaires
  • not able to have a nasolaryngoscopy (examination of the voice box with a medical periscope)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02061943

Contact: Teresa Drulia 540-568-8830 druliatc@jmu.edu
Contact: Ami Rosen, MS, CGC 404-727-3381 arosen3@emory.edu

United States, Georgia
Emory University Not yet recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Contact: Emily Barrow       emily.barrow@emory.edu   
Principal Investigator: Michael Johns, III, MD         
United States, Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis Not yet recruiting
St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Contact: Jo Wright    314-362-7148    wrightl@npg.wustl.edu   
Principal Investigator: Randall Paniello, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Principal Investigator: Christy Ludlow, PhD James Madison University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Hyder A. Jinnah, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02061943     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00068259, U54NS065701
Study First Received: February 11, 2014
Last Updated: February 10, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Emory University:
Spasmodic dysphonia
Laryngeal dystonia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Laryngeal Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Voice Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on March 26, 2015