Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Philip Doyle


Introduction: This study investigated the impact o f head and neck cancer on distress and

quality o f life (QoL). Method: Participants were 37 adults (28 men, 9 women) who had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer within the last 12 months. Measurement instruments included: (1) the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI-18), (2) the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) general QoL questionnaire (EORTC-QLQ-C30), (3) the EORTC Head and Neck module (EORTC-QLQ-H&N35), and (4) a brief demographic survey. Results: A significant inverse relationship was detected between QoL and distress suggesting that as level of distress increases, perceived QoL deteriorates. Conclusion: The BSI-18 was found to be an efficient and effective measure o f distress. Based on data obtained, distress remains a pervasive problem for individuals with head and neck cancer and affects both global and specific domains of QoL. As a result, routine distress-screening programs may assist in identifying and responding to problematic distress



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