Department of Health in the United Kingdom has recently updated National Health Service Trusts across the country on implementation of cancer outcomes and service dataset. This applies to Head and Neck Cancer services nationwide. Service providers must demonstrate that their service is comprehensive, safe, effective and research active. However the outcome measures that will be published in the public domain for patients are not clear. This ongoing survey involves outpatient questionnaire given to patients who had surgery for the treatment of oral cancer. The self-administered questionnaire will identify the information what patients would like to know about their surgeon before the operation. The survey is based on a visual analogue scale. The questions reflect the common complications that patients are warned about for example shoulder weakness, flap failure, return to theatre and some key performance indicators like patient and family satisfaction survey. Results will be collated. List of outcome indicators chosen by the patients will be discussed with a view to objectively measure those indicators. Literature reveals the experience of cardiothoracic surgery as a speciality in publishing outcomes and the impact it has on the specialty. We will compare our result with the limited resource available in literature.
Publication of head and neck outcome data in public domain in the United Kingdom—what do patients want to know?
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