Research Article| Volume 38, ISSUE 6, P730-734, December 2011

QOL after head and neck reconstruction: Evaluation of Japanese patients using SF-36 and GOHAI



      To evaluate the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of Japanese patients with head and neck cancer after treatment.

      Study design

      Cross-sectional, descriptive study.

      Patients and methods

      Twenty-nine patients who underwent resection and reconstruction of the head and neck cancer between September 2001 and January 2008 at the National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center completed the Short Form 36 (generic QOL measure) and the General Oral Health Assessment Index (oral-specific QOL measure).


      The generic QOL of the patients was relatively maintained while oral-specific QOL was impaired compared to the Japanese norms. The patients with musculo-cutaneous flaps and 1 y or longer after operation reported significantly lower QOL.


      This is a unique study on Japanese patients with relatively longer time after operation. Further evaluation with increased number of cases and disease-specific QOL scale is required to better understand the QOL of the patients.


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