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Vanderbilt head and neck symptom survey, version 2.0: Clinical and research utility for identification of symptom clusters and changes in symptoms over time



Vanderbilt head and neck symptom survey, version 2.0: Clinical and research utility for identification of symptom clusters and changes in symptoms over time



Oral Oncology 83: 25-31



The symptoms and functional defects following treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) have been poorly defined. The purpose of this study was to examine the utility of the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey (VHNSS) version 2.0 to identify symptom clusters experienced by patients with HNC as well as assess reliability and sensitivity to change. The VHNSS 2.0 questionnaire was completed by 150 patients over three studies. Two studies utilized the survey at multiple time points. Cluster analysis identified ten multi-item clusters and three single items. The internal consistency was good to excellent, with Cronbach's alpha coefficient above 0.90 in five symptom clusters and above 0.70 in remaining clusters. Clusters demonstrated convergent and divergent validity with other measures. Symptom burden was lowest at baseline, peaked at the end of treatment then subsided over the following months. The VHNSS 2.0 is a reliable and valid measure of acute and late toxicities in patients treated for HNC. The tool may be used in research and clinical practice to screen, to evaluate treatments, and to compare side effects of treatment regimens.

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PMID: 30098775

DOI: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2018.05.024


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