The effect of a multidisciplinary head and neck cancer clinic on compliance with speech pathology treatment

Heather M. Starmer, Giuseppe Sanguineti, Shanthi Marur, Christine Gourin

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Objective: To determine the effect of referral patterns on compliance with speech language pathology (SLP) treatment in patients with head and neck cancer (HNCA). Study design: Retrospective cohort study Methods: Patients with newly diagnosed oropharyngeal HNCA referred for pretreatment SLP evaluation comprised the study population. Compliance was measured by participation in SLP therapy during and after head and neck treatment, as well as by the number of missed and completed visits. Outcomes were compared between patients who were initially evaluated through the multidisciplinary clinic and those evaluated outside of the multidisciplinary clinic format. Results: The final study sample included 118 individuals with oropharyngeal tumors. All patients were treated with primary radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy. Patients evaluated initially through the multidisciplinary clinic had more SLP visits than those who did not participate in the multidisciplinary clinic (mean, 1.8 versus 0.2, P

Original languageEnglish
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume121
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Speech-Language Pathology
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Language Therapy
Oropharyngeal Neoplasms
Speech Therapy
Therapeutics
Compliance
Cohort Studies
Neck
Radiotherapy
Referral and Consultation
Retrospective Studies
Head
Drug Therapy
Population
Neoplasms

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The effect of a multidisciplinary head and neck cancer clinic on compliance with speech pathology treatment. / Starmer, Heather M.; Sanguineti, Giuseppe; Marur, Shanthi; Gourin, Christine.

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Starmer, Heather M. ; Sanguineti, Giuseppe ; Marur, Shanthi ; Gourin, Christine. / The effect of a multidisciplinary head and neck cancer clinic on compliance with speech pathology treatment. In: Laryngoscope. 2011 ; Vol. 121, No. SUPPL. 4.
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