Head and Neck cancer peer-to-peer support and quality of life: systematic scoping review

Rebecca Hatton, Julie Crane, SIMON ROGERS, Jo Patterson

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The aim of this scoping review is to summarise the current evidence for peer-to-peer support and its impact on Quality of Life (QOL) in Head and Neck Cancer (HNC).
Five search engines were used: PubMed, CINAHL, APA PyscInfo, Web of Science and Handle on QOL for publications between 1981and 2020. Adapted PICO (population, intervention, comparator and outcome) and Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) methodology was used.
Of the 1408 papers identified, 10 met the inclusion criteria: five qualitative, two crosssectional, one case-control, one cohort and one quasi-experimental design. There were four common themes: patient experience of peer-to-peer support, delivery of peer-to-peer support, engagement with peer-to-peer support and impact on QOL.
The review highlights the paucity of evidence in respect to QOL and peer-to-peer support in HNC. It provides a summary of the literature and identifies areas for clinical practice and future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S30-S36
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number5
Early online date10 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022


  • Quality of life
  • systematic review
  • Head
  • laryngectomy
  • social support
  • emotional wellbeing


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