Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
On-line version ISSN 1518-8345
FLAVIO, Patrícia Gonçalves Custódio and ZAGO, Márcia Maria Fontão. Vocal rehabilitation of laryngectomees: cultural characteristics of the process. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 1999, vol.7, n.2, pp.63-70. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11691999000200009.
The objective of this study was to identify the characteristics of the process of vocal rehabilitation among laryngectomees focusing on culture. The study included four laryngectomees who attend the GARPO-Laryngectomees (Support Group For The Rehabilitation of Ostomized Patients - Laryngectomees) and communicate with esophageal or pharyngeal voice. The theme that emerged from the data was "to be born again", in agreement with the cultural value of the voice in our society. The study revealed as well the difficulties of the process, the importance of family participation and the stigma of the altered body image.
Keywords : vocal rehabilitation; laryngectomized patient; esophageal voice.