Aims: To identify the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) questionnaires employed by the physicians and surgeons who manage patients with head and neck cancer. Also, to gain an impression of the perceived difficulties and advantages of their use. Methods: A national survey was performed of active UK consultant clinicians on the mailing list of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists. Results: Of 267 questionnaires, there were 191 replies (71.5%) from clinical oncologists (40), ENT surgeons (53), general surgeon (1), oral and maxillofacial surgeons (59), and plastic surgeons (38). Fifty-five consultants (29%) used HRQOL questionnaires and the most popular questionnaire was the University of Washington Head and Neck Cancer (65%). Questionnaires were most likely to be used both before and after treatment (67%) and administered in clinic by either nursing staff or consultants. The main reasons for not using HRQOL questionnaires included lack of resources and proven value. Conclusions: Despite the vast amount of literature on the importance of HRQOL in head and neck cancer, this survey shows that there is still a substantial amount of work required before HRQOL measurement becomes an established part of routine practice.
|Journal||Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2004|