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The purpose of this study is to determine the extent of oral health education among head and neck cancer patients throughout various treatment periods and how this education influences their oral health practices, determine satisfaction with education and support based on initial symptoms as well as identify modifications to approaches to oral care education and further define a model for interprofessional practices to establish a role for speech-language pathologists in oral health education. A Qualtrics survey was distributed to gather information on oral care habits, determine habits, education, and satisfaction throughout radiation, completion of daily oral care, importance of oral health, and information specific to their cancer. The results indicate a relationship between number of oral symptoms and oral education satisfaction prior to treatment, as well as general trends of increased education leading to increased practices and satisfaction, a lack of awareness of the importance and health benefits of oral care, and patients with symptoms receiving less education than those without symptoms. Overall, patients with head and neck cancer experience a need for increased multidisciplinary communication and education.
Smith, Abigail, "Knowledge, Perception, and Implementation of Oral Care in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Before, During, and After Radiation Therapy" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 165.
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