Systematic review exposes the lack of evidence for psychosocial interventions in patients with head and neck cancer

The Dental Elf

Today we feature a blog from our good friend, The Dental Elf, whose remit includes Head and Neck cancers.

The psychological impacts of such cancers can be devastating, so we were interested to see a systematic review looking at the impact of psychosocial interventions on anxiety, depression and quality of life.

Unfortunately, the bottom line of the review was that there remains substantial uncertaintly around the effectiveness of these interventions.  There were important differences between the studies in terms of the focus of the interventions and how the outcomes were measured.

Read the full appraisal on The Dental Elf.

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Douglas Badenoch

I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I've been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it.. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.

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