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Curr Oncol Rep. 2014 Mar;16(3):376. doi: 10.1007/s11912-013-0376-7.

Outcomes measurement in patients with head and neck cancer.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins University, 601 N. Caroline Street Suite 6260, Baltimore, MD, 21287, USA,


Outcomes research is defined as clinical and population-based research that investigates the results of healthcare practices or interventions through the filter of the benefit to the patient and other stakeholders. Outcomes research is an increasingly important field or research, because of the pressing need for evidence-based information that can be used to make better informed health and healthcare decisions, and define desired health care practices in the current era of healthcare reform. This article will review the head and neck cancer (HNCA) outcomes literature published in the past year, with a focus on studies evaluating treatment and survival, short-term and long-term complications, and quality of life (QOL).

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