Quality of Life Among Acoustic Neuroma Patients Managed by Microsurgery, Radiation, or Observation
Joanne E Brooker, Jane M Fletcher, Michael J Dally, Robert JS Briggs, Vincent C Cousins, Robert I Smee, Gregory M Malham, Richard J Kennedy, Sue Burney
Otology & Neurotology- An International Forum | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2010
OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to examine differences in quality of life (QoL) among acoustic neuroma patients across the management options of microsurgery, radiation, and observation. Additional aims were to describe QoL and investigate management, medical, and demographic factors that predicted QoL in this patient group. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional design, using a postal questionnaire. SETTING: Tertiary referral centers. PATIENTS: Participants included 180 adults diagnosed with, or treated for, a unilateral acoustic neuroma within 5 years of questionnaire distribution. The mean age of participants was 56.5 years, and 107 (59.4%) were female. INTERVENTION(S): Patients' acousti..View full abstract
This study was supported by grants from the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Australasia Incorporated and the Peter Grant Hay Trust. Ms Joanne Brooker was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award from the Australian government.