Quality of life issues in research and clinical practice

Eileen Danaher Hacker, Carol Ferrans

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Abstract

This chapter summarizes current knowledge related to quality of life in general and application of this knowledge to the head and neck cancer patient. People diagnosed with head and neck cancer often experience a wide range of symptoms and substantial impairment in basic human functions, such as difficulty eating, speaking, and breathing. These problems may occur as a result of the cancer and/or treatment. While many of these problems are associated with treatment and are time-limited, others may be long-lasting and irreversible. Information related to quality of life is essential for understanding the full impact of head and neck cancer and how people's lives change as a result. How to best assess quality of life in people with head and neck cancer, however, remains controversial given the lack of a gold standard for quality of life assessment. This chapter will address: (1) definitions and conceptual issues associated with quality of life; (2) factors influencing quality of life measurement, such as choosing an appropriate instrument; (3) common quality of life issues in people with head and neck cancer; (4) using quality of life information in research; and (5) using quality of life information in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHead & Neck Cancer: Current Perspectives, Advances, and Challenges
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages801-834
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789400758278
ISBN (Print)940075826X, 9789400758261
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Functional ability
  • Functional status
  • Quality of life
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Hacker, E. D., & Ferrans, C. (2013). Quality of life issues in research and clinical practice. In Head & Neck Cancer: Current Perspectives, Advances, and Challenges (pp. 801-834). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5827-8_26