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Discussing a diagnosis of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer with patients: An exploratory qualitative study of health professionals.

Dodd, RH; Marlow, LA; Waller, J; (2016) Discussing a diagnosis of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer with patients: An exploratory qualitative study of health professionals. Head and Neck , 38 (3) pp. 394-401. 10.1002/hed.23916. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OSCC) has now been well established. Clinicians' experiences and challenges of talking to patients about HPV have yet to be explored. METHODS: Fifteen health professionals caring for OSCC patients were interviewed. Interviews were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Participants expressed mixed views about explaining the causal role of HPV to their patients. Normalising HPV and emphasising the positive prognosis associated with it were regarded as key messages to be communicated. Challenging experiences included managing couples in a consultation and patients' concerns about transmitting HPV to their partners. Some participants described limitations to their HPV knowledge and identified the need for further information and training. CONCLUSION: This study identified challenges experienced by health professionals working with OSCC patients and highlights some key messages to convey to patients. Clinical guidance for health professionals and further information for patients about HPV-OSCC is needed. Head Neck, 2014.

Type: Article
Title: Discussing a diagnosis of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer with patients: An exploratory qualitative study of health professionals.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/hed.23916
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hed.23916
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly.
Keywords: HPV, Communication, Health professionals, Oropharyngeal cancer, Qualitative research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1453554
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