The University of Washington Head and Neck Disease-Specific questionnaire (UW-QOL) is potentially a suitable routine measure of outcome in head and neck cancer because it is quick and simple for patients to complete and is easy to process.
The aim of this study was to compare the UW-QOL with three validated instruments in a group of patients having primary surgery for oral cancer.
Between May and December 1995,34 consecutive patients with previously untreated oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma underwent primary surgery.
Patients self-completed the following questionnaires : UW-QOL, Medical Outcomes Short Form 36 (SF-36), the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QOQ-C33 and the EORTC Head and Neck (H & N35).
Questionnaires were distributed at four time intervals : pre-operatively, and at 3,6 and 12 months.
Patients were withdrawn if they developed recurrent disease. 29 patients agreed to participate in this prospective study and cross-sectional comparisons were made on baseline data and trends over time for longitudinal comparisons.
This study emphasises the difficulties of one questionnaire to adequately evaluate quality of life.
However, it would appear that the UW-QOL is a broad measure suitable for routine « low cost » assessment of disease-specific functional status.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Tête cou, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe, Epidémiologie, Questionnaire, Surveillance, Méthode, Etude comparative, Qualité vie, Echelle évaluation, ORL pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Head and neck, Human, United Kingdom, Europe, Epidemiology, Questionnaire, Surveillance, Method, Comparative study, Quality of life, Evaluation scale, ENT disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0445028
Code Inist : 002B10A01. Création : 25/01/1999.