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

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Why are head and neck cancer clinicians not measuring quality of life? / Mehanna, H M; Morton, R P.

In: The Journal of laryngology and otology, Vol. 120, No. 10, 10.2006, p. 861-4.

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title = "Why are head and neck cancer clinicians not measuring quality of life?",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "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",
author = "Mehanna, {H M} and Morton, {R P}",
year = "2006",
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language = "English",
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pages = "861--4",
journal = "The Journal of laryngology and otology",
issn = "0022-2151",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
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T1 - Why are head and neck cancer clinicians not measuring quality of life?

AU - Mehanna, H M

AU - Morton, R P

PY - 2006/10

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N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

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KW - Australia

KW - Data Collection

KW - Head and Neck Neoplasms

KW - Health Status

KW - Health Status Indicators

KW - Humans

KW - New Zealand

KW - Quality of Life

KW - Surveys and Questionnaires

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JO - The Journal of laryngology and otology

JF - The Journal of laryngology and otology

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