Communicative participation and quality of life in head and neck cancer.

TitleCommunicative participation and quality of life in head and neck cancer.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEadie TL, Lamvik K, Baylor CR, Yorkston KM, Kim J, Amtmann D
JournalAnn Otol Rhinol Laryngol
Date Published2014 Apr
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Communication, Female, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Quality of Life, Reproducibility of Results, Self Report, Social Behavior, Young Adult

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.

Alternate JournalAnn. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol.
PubMed ID24671481