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Communicative Participation and Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer


Eadie T, Lamvik K, Baylor C, Yorkston K, Kim J, Amtmann D



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Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 123(4):257-264


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine how a new self-report outcome measure of communicative participation, the Communicative Participation Item Bank (CPIB), related to disease- and discipline-specific quality of life (QOL) outcomes in a head and neck cancer (HNC) population.
METHODS: One hundred ninety-five individuals treated for HNC completed the CPIB, the University of Washington Quality of Life questionnaire (UW-QOL), and the Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10).
RESULTS: Results revealed moderate QOL scores across the UW-QOL (mean scores: global QOL = 66; physical subscale = 70; social-emotional subscale = 73) and VHI-10 (mean = 16). Correlations between the CPIB and the UW-QOL scores were statistically significant (P < .001) but relatively weak (r = .37-.38). As hypothesized, a stronger correlation was found between the CPIB and the VHI-10 (r = -0.79; P < .001).
CONCLUSION: Clinicians may consider adopting the CPIB to complement existing tools in assessing communication outcomes after HNC.

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