Support needs and quality of life in oral cancer: a systematic review

Moore, K. A., Ford, P. J. and Farah, C. S. (2014) Support needs and quality of life in oral cancer: a systematic review. International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 12 1: 36-47. doi:10.1111/idh.12051


Author Moore, K. A.
Ford, P. J.
Farah, C. S.
Title Support needs and quality of life in oral cancer: a systematic review
Journal name International Journal of Dental Hygiene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1601-5029
1601-5037
Publication date 2014-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/idh.12051
Open Access Status
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 36
End page 47
Total pages 12
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This review aims to systematically review the literature describing quality of life (QoL) outcomes and support needs in patients with oral cancer along the cancer trajectory. This is needed to form an evidence base for the design of interventions that enhance outcomes for this group. Methods: Six electronic databases were searched. The results were screened for eligibility, and articles were included if they described patient-reported QoL outcomes that were translatable to support needs in patients with oral cancer. Data were extracted and synthesized according to the support needs identified and their relative impact on QoL. Methodological quality was assessed using the Effective Public Health Practice Project (EPHPP) Quality Assessment Tool. Results: Thirty-one articles met the inclusion criteria. Support needs related to coping with the burden of radiotherapy in both psychosocial and physical aspects, swallowing dysfunction, dry mouth and oral functional deficits. Issues of depression, anxiety and malnutrition were identified as having a significant impact on QoL. Conclusions: Oral cancer support needs are highly subjective and varied in severity across the cancer continuum. Support needs that may warrant further investigation include management of changes to oral health and functioning, swallowing and nutritional compromise and psychological effects of cancer and treatment.
Keyword Mouth neoplasms
Needs
Oral cancer
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 23 August 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
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