Structured review of papers reporting specific functions in patients with cancer of the head and neck: 2006 - 2013

Simon Rogers, N Heseltine, J Flexen, H R Winstanley

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    Abstract

    Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) focuses on 4 core domains: physical and psychological function, social interaction, disease, and treatment-related symptoms, and is a key outcome in patients with cancer of the head and neck. We reviewed papers published between 2006and 2013 that used validated questionnaires to report functional outcome in this group. A total of 572 papers were identified and 118 of them concerned function. Specific outcomes included anxiety, chewing, maxillectomy, mucositis, pain, shoulder function, and trismus. The specific functions most often identified were xerostomia, speech or voice, and swallowing or dysphagia. A considerable body of evidence has now accumulated on HRQoL and functional outcomes although the precise role of HRQoL during the planning of treatment remains controversial. Over time, the emphasis of the studies included has tended to move away from the reporting of outcomes in general to more hypothesis-driven and group-specific work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e45-e51
    JournalBritish Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Issue number6
    Early online date26 Feb 2016
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    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Feb 2016

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