Identifying cutoff scores for the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the head and neck cancer-specific module EORTC QLQ-H&N35 representing unmet supportive care needs in patients with head and neck cancer

Femke Jansen, Claire F Snyder, C René Leemans, Irma M Verdonck-de Leeuw

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study investigates cutoff scores for the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30-questions (EORTC QLQ-C30) and head and neck cancer-specific module (QLQ-H&N35) to identify patients with head and neck cancer who may require clinical attention.

METHODS: Ninety-six patients with head and neck cancer completed the EORTC QLQ-C30/H&N35 and questions on supportive care needs. For all EORTC domains with the ability to discriminate between patients with and without unmet needs (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve [AUC] ≥0.70), the accuracy (eg, sensitivity and specificity) of potential cutoff scores were calculated.

RESULTS: Cutoff scores (sensitivity ≥0.80 and specificity ≥0.60) of 90 (functioning domains) and 5 to 10 (symptom domains) were found on 7 of 28 continuous EORTC QLQ-C30/H&N35 domains. Borderline cutoff scores (sensitivity ≥0.70 and specificity ≥0.60 or sensitivity ≥0.80 and specificity ≥0.50) were found on 5 other domains.

CONCLUSIONS: This study provided cutoff scores on the EORTC QLQ-C30 and H&N35 based on patients' perceptions of their needs for supportive care. Future research is needed on the replicability of these cutoff scores. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 38: E1493-E1500, 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1493-500
Number of pages8
JournalHead and Neck
Volume38
Issue numberS1
Early online date13 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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