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Feasibility and outcomes of Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing following prophylactic swallowing rehabilitation in head and neck cancer

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Patterson JM, Toft K, McAuley F, King E, McLachlan K, Roe JWG & Wells M (2019) Feasibility and outcomes of Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing following prophylactic swallowing rehabilitation in head and neck cancer. Clinical Otolaryngology, 44 (4), pp. 549-556. https://doi.org/10.1111/coa.13331

Abstract
Objectives Investigate the feasibility and outcomes of fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) following a programme of prophylactic swallowing exercises in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients treated with radiotherapy. Design Prospective, single cohort, feasibility study. Setting Three head and neck cancer centres in Scotland. Participants Pre‐radiotherapy HNC patients who consented to participate in a prophylactic swallowing intervention. Outcome measures FEES recruitment and retention rates, assessment acceptability and compliance, qualitative process evaluation. Results Higher rates of recruitment and retention were achieved in centres where FEES equipment was available on site. Travel and anticipated discomfort were barriers to recruitment. Data completion was high for all rating scales, with goo d reliability. Following radiotherapy, swallowing safety significantly deteriorated for liquid boluses (p=0.005‐0.03); pharyngeal residue increased for liquid and semi‐solid boluses. Pharyngo‐laryngeal oedema was present pre‐treatment and significantly increased post‐radiotherapy (p=0.001). Patients generally reported positive experience of FEES for their own learning and establishing a baseline. Conclusions FEES is an acceptable method of assessing patients for a prophylactic swallowing intervention and offers some additional information missing from VF. Barriers have been identified and should be taken into account in order to maximise recruitment for future trials.

Keywords
Head and neck cancer; radiotherapy; dysphagia; rehabilitation; intervention; Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing; feasibility

Journal
Clinical Otolaryngology: Volume 44, Issue 4

StatusPublished
FundersCSO Chief Scientist Office
Publication date31/07/2019
Publication date online20/03/2019
Date accepted by journal26/01/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/29267
ISSN1749-4478
eISSN1749-4486

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Dr Emma King
Dr Emma King

Health Services Researcher, NMAHP

Professor Mary Wells
Professor Mary Wells

Honorary Professor, NMAHP

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