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Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey version 2.0: report of the development and initial testing of a subscale for assessment of oral health.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22127786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The prevalence, severity, and functional implications of adverse oral health outcomes attributed to head and neck cancer therapy are largely undefined. We report development of an oral health outcome subscale for the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey (VHNSS).
METHODS: Oral health outcome questions were formulated through literature review and consultation with an expert panel. Questions were incorporated into the VHNSS resulting in a 50-item survey, scored 0 (none) to 10 (severe). The tool was administered to 70 subjects who completed radiation to assess for feasibility.
RESULTS: Patient acceptance was high with a completion time <10 minutes. A full range of scores was noted for 46 of 50 questions. Oral health symptom burden was high early and late posttreatment.
CONCLUSIONS: The VHNSS version 2.0 was feasible and could be completed in a timely manner. Validation studies are ongoing. The high prevalence of adverse oral health outcomes warrants further study.
Emily Cooperstein; Jill Gilbert; Joel B Epstein; Mary S Dietrich; Stewart M Bond; Sheila H Ridner; Nancy Wells; Anthony Cmelak; Barbara A Murphy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-08-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Head & neck     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1097-0347     ISO Abbreviation:  Head Neck     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-21     Completed Date:  2012-10-24     Revised Date:  2013-07-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8902541     Medline TA:  Head Neck     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  797-804     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chemoradiotherapy / adverse effects*
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Deglutition Disorders / etiology
Dentin Sensitivity / etiology
Head and Neck Neoplasms / complications,  therapy*
Hearing Disorders / etiology
Jaw / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Movement / physiology
Mucositis / etiology
Neck / physiopathology
Olfaction Disorders / etiology
Oral Health*
Pain / etiology
Radiotherapy / adverse effects*
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
Severity of Illness Index
Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
Speech Disorders / etiology
Tooth Injuries / etiology
Voice Disorders / etiology
Weight Loss
Xerostomia / etiology
Comment In:
Dysphagia. 2013 Jun;28(2):271-7   [PMID:  23397473 ]

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