Een zeer recent onderzoek uit Australiƫ toont aan dat velopharyngeal insufficiency vaak bij hout- en koperblazers voorkomt. Bijna 40% van de respondenten van de survey, had ervaring met dit probleem.


Prevalence of velopharyngeal insufficiency in woodwind and brass students
A. Evans1, T. Driscoll1 and B. Ackermann2
Author Affiliations
  1. 1Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, A27 - Edward Ford Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  2. 2Discipline of Biomedical Science, School of Medical Sciences, C42 - Cumberland Campus, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: A. Evans, Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, Room 128C, A27 - Edward Ford Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9351 4382; fax: +61 2 9351 5049; e-mail: alison.evans@sydney.edu.au
Background Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) is a disorder in which air leaks out through the nose, reducing performance quality and capacity in wind and brass players. There have been limited studies on the prevalence of this potentially career-threatening disorder.
Aims To identify the prevalence of VPI in a sample of conservatorium level woodwind and brass student instrumentalists in Australia.
Methods Wind and brass students from four music institutions were recruited by email invitation to complete an online survey. Results from 77 musicians were analysed for their knowledge and experience of VPI. Musicians who had experienced VPI provided information on the characteristics, symptoms and treatment or advice sought for the disorder.
Results Of the 77 musicians included in the analysis, 44% had heard of VPI, 30% were aware of other musicians who had experienced VPI and 39% had personally experienced VPI.
Conclusions The results suggest that VPI may be a common occurrence in wind and brass players. Informal discussions with colleagues and music teachers also suggest that VPI is a frequent phenomenon. This group of musicians represents the largest sample surveyed about VPI to date.