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Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Mar;50(2):122-31. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2010.12.005. Epub 2011 Jan 15.

A structured review of journal articles reporting outcomes using the University of Washington Quality of Life Scale.

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Liverpool Dental School, Pembroke Place, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK. davidclaraway@hotmail.com

Abstract

The University of Washington Quality of Life Scale (UW-QoL) is one of the most frequently reported health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) questionnaires in head and neck cancer, and since its first publication in 1993 has been used in many different cohorts. There is a considerable amount of information to assimilate and, to date, we know of no attempt that has been made to summarise publications specific to its use in a peer review journal. The aim of this review was to systematically search published papers that report its use, identify common themes, and present a tabulated summary. Several search engines were used (PubMed, Medline, Medical-Journals.com, eMedicine), and 222 abstracts were found and hand searched. A total of 66 papers were eligible for inclusion, 21 on functional outcome, 25 on predictors of HR-QoL, 19 on development or validation of the questionnaire, and one clinical trial. The review includes a diversity of studies and a range of HR-QoL outcomes following head and neck cancer. It provides clinicians and their colleagues in multidisciplinary teams with a source of quick reference to relevant papers reporting the UW-QoL, and gives a short summary of the pertinent conclusions drawn from each paper.

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21239091
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjoms.2010.12.005
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