Mirror Grant - Understanding of Body Image Adaptation
Head and Neck Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Head and Neck Cancer, Body Image Adaptation, Post surgical body image, Audio-recorded interview, Questionnaire, Survey
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Name: Interview Type: Behavioral
Name: Questionnaire Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
The goal of this research study is to understand how patients adjust to appearance and body image changes after surgery for head and neck cancer.
Detailed Description
If you agree to take part in this study, you will take part in a face-to-face interview with the study staff. It should take about 1 hour to complete. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about your demographic information such as age and ethnicity. The interview will be done in a private research area and will be audio-recorded.

The researchers are interested in learning more about your experience of adjusting to the changes in your appearance after your surgery for head and neck cancer. You may be asked to look in a mirror and describe what you see.

If you ask for another interview, or if the interviewer would like your information made more clear, you will be scheduled for a second interview. You will be provided with an early summary of your interview, and you will be able to provide feedback over the phone or in writing on the accuracy of the information and the conclusions.

Identifying information will be removed from all data collected using participant numbers kept separately from consent forms and shared only among approved research staff. Names and other identifying information will be deleted from transcripts (write-ups of the interviews) after the first review for accuracy. Interview transcripts will be kept in locked file cabinets at MD Anderson for 3 years and can be looked at only by the study chair and staff. Recorded interviews will be destroyed 3 years after the study results are published.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 20 patients and 15 healthcare providers will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

1. At least 18 years of age

2. English speaking

3. For patients: Within 6 weeks of undergoing surgical resection for a tumor in the head and neck region, or within 1-3 years from such surgery.

4. For providers: Inpatient clinical staff (i.e. surgeons, nurses, nursing assistants, physical therapists) who care for surgically treated head and neck cancer patients during acute postoperative recovery, and/or outpatient clinical staff (i.e. nurses, physician assistants) who care for these patients throughout active treatment and into the period of survivorship.

5. For providers: Having worked with surgically treated head and neck cancer patients for at least one year.

Exclusion Criteria:

1) For patients: cognitive impairment documented in their medical record (e.g. delirium, dementia) impeding the ability to offer a narrative of his/her experience.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
August 2011
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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