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Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017 Sep;55(7):679-684. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2017.04.011. Epub 2017 May 18.

Ternary graph as a questionnaire: a new approach to assessment of quality of life?

Author information

1
634, Kings College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST. Electronic address: rb732@cam.ac.uk.
2
Department of Electronics, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK. Electronic address: lt696@york.ac.uk.
3
Maxillofacial Unit, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Lindley, Huddersfield HD3 3EA, UK; York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK. Electronic address: david.mitchell@cht.nhs.uk.
4
York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK; Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK. Electronic address: angelika.sebald@york.ac.uk.
5
York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK; Department of Computer Science, University of York, Heslington YO10 5DD, UK. Electronic address: susan.stepney@york.ac.uk.

Abstract

This study was prompted by awareness of the importance of research into quality of life (QoL) for patients with diseases of the head and neck, the important part questionnaires currently play in this field, and awareness of the "questionnaire fatigue" experienced by many patients. Our multidisciplinary research group raised coincidental awareness of the widespread use of ternary graphs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as a graphical tool for quantitative, semiquantitative, or purely graphical characteristics of ternary mixtures. We explored how the basic properties of ternary graphs could be translated into an interactive electronic tool as an alternative to conventional questionnaires. We have described how this was done, and offered open access to an interactive ternary-graph based (self) assessment tool, specifically designed for the needs of patients with conditions of the head and neck. Finally, have we made open-source code available for those who may wish to adapt or develop the tool for further applications.

KEYWORDS:

Assessment; Cancer; Mouth; Quality of Life; Questionnaires; Ternary graphs

PMID:
28528676
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjoms.2017.04.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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