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Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer - the SiP study protocol

Citation
Wells M, King E, Toft K, MacAulay F, Patterson J, Dougall N, Hulbert-Williams N, Boa S, Slaven E, Cowie J, McGarva J, Niblock PG, Philp J & Roe J (2016) Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer - the SiP study protocol, Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2 (1), Art. No.: 40.

Abstract

Head and neck cancer (HNC) is the sixth most common cancer worldwide, and the functional, psychological and social consequences of HNC cancer and its treatment can be severe and chronic. Dysphagia (swallowing problems) affects up to two thirds of patients undergoing combined chemoradiotherapy. Recent reviews suggest that prophylactic swallowing exercises may improve a range of short- and long-term outcomes; however, the importance of psychological and behavioural factors on adherence to swallowing exercises has not been adequately studied. This study aims to develop and test the feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) designed in partnership with patients, speech and language therapists (SLTs) and other members of the head and neck multi-disciplinary team (MDT), for patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy (CRT) or radiotherapy (RT) for head and neck cancer.

Keywords
Dysphagia; Cancer; Head and neck; Intervention; Exercise; Rehabilitation; Study protocol

StatusPublished
AuthorsWells Mary, King Emma, Toft Kate, MacAulay Fiona, Patterson Joanne, Dougall Nadine, Hulbert-Williams Nick, Boa Sally, Slaven Eleanor, Cowie Julie, McGarva John, Niblock Patricia Gail, Philp Julie, Roe Justin
Publication date04/08/2016
Publication date online04/08/2016
Date accepted by journal07/07/2016
PublisherBioMed Central
ISSN 2055-5784
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Pilot and Feasibility Studies: Volume 2, Issue 1 (2016)

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