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Head and Neck Quality of Life Assessment and Outcomes Research

  • Richard Gliklich

Abstract

Head and neck cancer and its treatment can be both debilitating and disfiguring. There is an undeniable impact on function, appearance, and pain, with potentially devastating consequences for nutrition, communication, and social interaction. Because of this impact, head and neck cancer treatment outcomes must center not only on survival, but also on quality of life (QOL). Whereas survival or disease-free survival can be mathematically straightforward measurements, QOL is more difficult to characterize and to measure. A QOL outcomes monitoring system for head and neck cancer and treatment requires tools that are valid and reliable, and that also address broad constructs of general health as well as those specific to the head and neck region.

Keywords

Neck Cancer Neck Cancer Patient Neck Condition General Health Measure Neck Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Gliklich
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Eye and Ear InfirmaryBostonUSA

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