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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer - the SiP study protocol
Authors: Wells, 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
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Keywords: Dysphagia
Head and neck
Study protocol
Issue Date: 4-Aug-2016
Publisher: BioMed Central
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.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: NMAHP Research
NMAHP Research
NHS Lothian
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust
NMAHP Research
University of Chester
Strathcarron Hospice
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Health Sciences
NHS Forth Valley
NHS Tayside
NHS Fife
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

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