The Reliability and Effectiveness of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire, Core Head and Neck Module (EORTC QLQ-H&N35) in Head and Neck Cancer

  • Caren Dsouza Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Father Muller Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Vinay Rao Associate Professor, Department of Ear, Nose, and Throat, Father Muller Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Keywords: Questionnaire, Head and neck cancer, Validity, Effectiveness

Abstract

Background: We aimed to test the validation of the European organization for research and treatment of cancer (EORTC) quality of life questionnaires for head and neck module (QLQ-H&N35) in a tertiary care center.

Methods: Forty patients with head and neck malignancy completed the QLQ-H&N35 while undergoing their treatment. Questionnaires given to them were translated into their regional language Kannada. Evaluation of the responsiveness, reliability, and validity of the questionnaire was undertaken.

Results: The data assessed the reliability of the scales and not validity. The questionnaire was receptive to changes over time; however, the applicability of the European questionnaire in Indian clinical set up was debatable.

Conclusions: Our data suggests that the EORTC QLO-H&N35 is reliable and responsive when applied to patients with head and neck cancer in India. Hence, it may be used as a platform to test validity at a multicentric level.

 

Published
2019-05-07
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Dsouza C, Rao V. The Reliability and Effectiveness of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire, Core Head and Neck Module (EORTC QLQ-H&N35) in Head and Neck Cancer. AJS. 5(1-2):12-15.
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