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Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey version 2.0: report of the development and initial testing of a subscale for assessment of oral health.

Cooperstein E, Gilbert J, Epstein JB, Dietrich MS, Bond SM, Ridner SH, Wells N, Cmelak A, Murphy BA
Head Neck. 2012 34 (6): 797-804

PMID: 22127786 · DOI:10.1002/hed.21816

BACKGROUND - The prevalence, severity, and functional implications of adverse oral health outcomes attributed to head and neck cancer therapy are largely undefined. We report development of an oral health outcome subscale for the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey (VHNSS).

METHODS - Oral health outcome questions were formulated through literature review and consultation with an expert panel. Questions were incorporated into the VHNSS resulting in a 50-item survey, scored 0 (none) to 10 (severe). The tool was administered to 70 subjects who completed radiation to assess for feasibility.

RESULTS - Patient acceptance was high with a completion time <10 minutes. A full range of scores was noted for 46 of 50 questions. Oral health symptom burden was high early and late posttreatment.

CONCLUSIONS - The VHNSS version 2.0 was feasible and could be completed in a timely manner. Validation studies are ongoing. The high prevalence of adverse oral health outcomes warrants further study.

Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Appetite Chemoradiotherapy Cohort Studies Cross-Sectional Studies Deglutition Disorders Dentin Sensitivity Dentures Female Head and Neck Neoplasms Hearing Disorders Humans Jaw Male Middle Aged Movement Mucositis Mucus Neck Olfaction Disorders Oral Health Pain Radiotherapy Range of Motion, Articular Severity of Illness Index Shoulder Joint Speech Disorders Surveys and Questionnaires Tooth Injuries Voice Disorders Weight Loss Xerostomia

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