Need for and use of supportive care
This study investigated the need for and use of supportive care in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients during treatment and 3-12 months post treatment to obtain insight in possible determinants of the need for supportive care. 84 HNC patients 3-12 months after treatment and 51 partners completed a study specific questionnaire on the need for and use of supportive care (, and the EORTC QLQ-C30 and H&N35, HADS, and a questionnaire on coping style (UCL). The need for supportive care was tested for associations with sociodemographic and disease specific parameters, comorbidity, treatment modality, coping styles, anxiety and quality of life.
The need for allied health services ranged between 18% (physical therapist) and a dental hygienist (32%). Less than 15% of the patients and partners expressed a need for psychosocial care. Less than 10% expressed a need for a patient society.
Regarding complementary care, the most common need was for vitamins, herbs, or a special diet at time of treatment (20%). Discrepancy between the need for and use of care was most often less than 5%,
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Inge Oskam, MD, Otolaryngologist