Why are head and neck cancer clinicians not measuring quality of life?

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AIM: To quantify and qualify the use of quality of life (QOL) measures by head and neck cancer clinicians and to identify any impediments to the use of these measures.

METHODS: Questionnaire survey of members of the Australia and New Zealand Head and Neck Society.

RESULTS: One hundred and twenty-eight of 187 (68.5 per cent) responded. Only 43 (34 per cent) had ever used a QOL questionnaire (QLQ), and only 17 (13 per cent) were currently using one. Impediments to QLQ use included clinicians' perceptions that QLQs were too time-consuming and conferred no proven benefit for clinical management. Nevertheless, 113 (88 per cent) respondents indicated willingness to use a minimum core QLQ--for routine clinical use and for research--but indicated a preference for a short (10-15 questions), quick (less than 10 minutes) questionnaire.

CONCLUSIONS: Most head and neck cancer clinicians did not use a QOL measure routinely, with impediments to routine use being mainly clinician-based. Most respondents would use a minimum core QOL measure, especially if it were a short, quick consensus questionnaire.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-4
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of laryngology and otology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


  • Attitude of Health Personnel, Australia, Data Collection, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Health Status, Health Status Indicators, Humans, New Zealand, Quality of Life, Surveys and Questionnaires

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