Dysphagia Following a Total Laryngectomy: The Effect on Quality of Life, Functioning, and Psychological Well-Being
Julia Maclean, Susan Cotton, Alison Perry
DYSPHAGIA | SPRINGER | Published : 2009
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect that dysphagia has on quality of life (QoL), functioning, and psychological well-being of people who have undergone a total laryngectomy. A questionnaire battery was sent to all members (N = 197) of the Laryngectomee Association of NSW, Australia. QoL and functioning were assessed using the World Health Organisation Quality of Life-Bref (WHOQoL-Bref) and the University of Washington QoL (UW-QoL) measures. Psychological well-being was measured using the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS). One hundred ten questionnaires (56%) were completed and returned. There were no significant differences in QoL, as measured by the WHOQoL-Bref, bet..View full abstract
This paper is part of a wider research study that is generously funded through the Laryngectomee Association of NSW as part of Julia Maclean's PhD studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria.